Portage Pass – Whittier, Alaska

December 11, 2016

I bought a pair of snowshoes and have been impatiently to waiting to try these out. I have never snowshoed before, and my first experience wasn’t the greatest. There were several times that I sank up to my thighs, twice that I thought I was going to have to abandon a snowshoe, and a few times that I thought I wasn’t going to make it up the hill for sinking and sliding down. I think I may give these one more try before I return them. 

It was a very cold and windy 4 degrees outside. There was a lot of snow blowing and I was actaully anticipating not even being able to see Portage Glacier. 

The trail is a continuous moderate incline to the first lookout. I debated giving up at 0.4 miles up the mountain, but I pushed myself and made it to the lookout. I will save the other half of the trail down to the lake for another day, most likely a summer day. 

Coming back down the trail was so fast, probably faster than if I had my regular hiking shoes one. Other than tripping on some roots and face planting the snow a couple of time, coming back down was a way better experience than going up. 🙊

This was actually my second time hiking this trail. On my first attempt, I also only hiked to the first lookout. Since I didn’t make it back to this trail over the summer, I am going to put it back on the summer list for 2017.  

As always, the drive through Portage Valley (pictured above) and along Seward Highway (pictured below) was beautiful. 

For more information I found the following websites helpful: 

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.


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