Bird Ridge - MB Training


Bird Ridge is a located south of Anchorage along Turnagain Arm. This trail features noteworthy elevation gain, as it starts from almost sea level and extends well above the tree line. The first one-third of the trail leads through forested terrain. The trail remains steep for most of the way. A strenuous day hike. Pretty much the entire trail is uphill with a moderate to heavy inclination.

I plan on hiking with a loaded pack but I still expect to be back to the parking lot by 9:30pm.


Meet at 6:00 PM in the HUGE Bird Creek parking lot just before actually crossing Bird Creek.

-- trekking poles (optional but very helpful on the steeps and on rocky, muddy, and slippery areas)
-- Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks


$5 parking fee to AK State Parks if you do not have an annual parking pass. Passes are available at REI or AMH for $40/year.

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  • Jon M.

    Hey, I was carrying more than anybody! It just wasn't in a backpack, it was around my waist. Great to see and meet everyone. I made it down to the parking lot about 10:20

    1 · June 21

  • ShaneD

    Well, Abe made it to the top first, by a significant margin, but I believe I was carrying a full ounce more !!

    Nice to see Jon at the top, thanks for keeping me company on the way up ladies.

    Beautiful night, blue sky, hardly any wind and a dry trail.

    Thanks for getting us out Abe !

    June 19

  • Jon M.

    I hope to go this evening. If I can make it, I will likely leave early so as to get near the top by the time you guys pass me. Look for a bright blue Mazda small SUV in the parking lot. If you see one, I am on the trail above you. If not, I was unable to make it.

    June 19

  • Janetta

    How fast are you guys planning on going? How far up?

    June 18

    • Abe

      Probably get to the point in 2 hours with a loaded pack. That's 3400' over 2.5 miles. Back to the parking lot around 9:30.

      June 18

    • ShaneD

      I may not get that far in that time, just going to do a comfortable pace for a couple of hours up, water the plants then head down. Mainly need time with weight on my back so not in a hurry.

      June 18

  • Jasper W.

    I will be doing the Mayors Marathon on Saturday, so this is unfortunately too close to that time. But I am on that mountain all the time. I am training myself, so if anybody ever wants to go up Bird Ridge (which I hike under 2 hrs) send me a message or text[masked]

    June 15

    • Abe

      R/t in under 2 hours? Whew might be too fast for me

      June 17

  • ShaneD

    What pack weight are you thinking, might drag some water up for the plants too.

    June 16

    • Abe

      40 lbs or so

      June 17

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