Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Gustavus

Visitor Center and Forest Loop Trail

Several interpretative services are offered included a guided hike on the Forest Loop Trail.

Start at the Glacier Bay National Park Visitor Center to learn about Glacier Bay, and how best to access and explore this area and while there pick up a copy of the Glacier Bay National Park birding checklist. There are several interpretative services offered included a guided hike on the Forest Loop Trail. The Forest Loop Trail goes through the forest around the visitor center and circles back near the beach allowing for viewing of both forest bird species as well as birds using the marine environment. In the forest, a wide variety of passerines can be found during the summer including Dark-eyed Junco, Orange-crowned Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Three-toed Woodpecker, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Sooty Grouse.

Directions:

To reach the Glacier Bay Visitor Center from downtown Gustavus, head west on Gustavus Road toward Shooting Star Road (0.7 miles); turn rights onto Mountain View Road and drive 2.8 miles to Park Road. Drive 4.4 miles and follow the signs to the Glacier Bay Visitor Center. The trailhead for the Forest-loop Trail is located near the visitor center.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
Pacific-slope Flycatcher. Photo: John Morrison

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