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Bartlett River Trail

Hike through lush spruce-hemlock forests bound for the mouth of Bartlett River.

Hiking Moderate

5.5 km
118 m
118 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
-1 m
High Point
53 m
Bartlett River Trail Map

If you're looking for a classic half-day hike in Glacier Bay, the Bartlett River Trail is a spectacular option - especially if your goal is to fish. As one of the park's few maintained trails in the backcountry, this trail roams through lush stands of spruce and hemlock then emerges at the mouth of the Bartlett River as it flows into the bay.


According to the park, a popular option is to continue hiking upstream along the river once the trail officially ends. "Each summer spawning salmon attract hungry otters, eagles, seals, and bears," which also yields excellent fishing opportunities for anglers. More information on fishing in Glacier Bay National Park can be found here.

The most common way to enjoy the Bartlett River Trail is to hike an out-and-back from the main trailhead. When the trail splits less than a mile from the lot, keep left to hike to the trail's end. To the right, the Bartlett Lake Trail continues another 4 miles on a primitive path that rewards "wilderness solitude" throughout the all-day trek.




Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

between May and October


  • Wildlife
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers
  • Water features
  • Family friendly
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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