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, eventually leading to a tundra-covered ridge, which follows the spine all the way to the top. Due to the mountain's angle to the sun, this trail is free of snow earlier then many other hikes, although there may be patches of snow to cross early in the season. Near the top, there are several false summits; the last one is right behind a rather pointy lookout point (see the picture). The main summit offers spectacular views of the ocean bay, mountains in all directions, and a huge glacier-carved valley.
A strenouous day hike. Pretty much the entire trail is uphill with a moderate to heavy inclination. Bring something to quench your thirst along the way - you'll be glad you did.
Follow the Seward Highway south of Anchorage. The parking lot where the trail starts is about 15.5 miles south of Rabbit Creek Road in Anchorage, along Turnagain arm. You should see a sign for Bird Point and the lot on your left.
The parking lot requires a $5.00 daily parking fee or a seasonal parking pass.