Forest Loop Trail, Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska
Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska 9982| Map |
The Forest Loop Trail is one of only four trails in Glacier Bay National Park's Bartlett Cove, but it's a choice one, offering vacationers a lovely hour or so in quiet exploration. A mere 1.1 miles long, virtually anyone can handle this pretty loop trail which is accessed right outside the Glacier Bay Lodge. The trail is pleasantly varied, traversing both the beach area of the cove and the temperate rainforest. Benches and viewing stations appear along the path, perfect for the youngest or oldest in the group to rest and enjoy the view, or for all to enjoy a picnic. Birds, wildflowers and even a Native American canoe are encountered along the way (a fun surprise for children). As nice as it may sound, this is still a wilderness area, so visitors have to be alert for the occasional bear and observe common safety precautions. The Forest Loop Trail is a small gem in one of our biggest natural parks, and vacationers should count themselves lucky to be able to see it.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
The National Park Service offers guided trail walks on the trail most afternoons, which are especially entertaining for children. Check the park headquarters for the schedule.
Address: Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska 9982| Map