BORE TIDE TOUR

BIKE ALONG SCENIC TURNAGAIN ARM TO BIRD POINT

The paved path runs between shore and glacier-covered mountains. You’re likely to see wildlife along the way, including beluga whales and other sea mammals in the inlet and big game on dry land, such as Dall sheep. Part of the trail uses the old road, which was rerouted, and part of the trail occupies an old rail bed. Along the trail are interpretive signs about the various interesting geologic features.

Dramatic views of the water and mountains lead to the Bird Point lookout. With panoramic views of Turnagain Arm, Bird Point is the perfect place to watch the Bore Tide. The bore tide is a huge wave advancing down Turnagain Arm in a wall of water… up to 10-feet high! It’s a dramatic show of nature’s power for sure. You will often see adventurers surfing and kayaking the wave! Bore tides come in after extreme minus low tides created by the full or new moon.

The Bore Tide arrival time is only an estimate. It can arrive sooner or later based on the winds. So, it is best to arrive 20 minutes prior to estimated time of arrival. A picnic or snacks are great options while waiting for the Bore Tide to arrive. We are happy to arrange food services for an additional fee. 

If 13 miles seems like a lot… there are many beautiful lookout points along the way to watch the Bore Tide! In fact, here is a video of the Bore Tide viewed from a lookout only 3 miles down the path.

1 to 7 People: $55 per person

Tour Length: 3.5 to 4 hours
Active Biking : 2 – 2.5 hours

Roundtrip Mileage: *13 miles from AKRR depot OR 20 miles from Alyeska Resort

*The path has many great lookout points along the way… so you do not have to cycle the entire way to Bird Point to enjoy the Bore Tide!

Tour times in the table below are calculated based on Girdwood AKRR Depot departure. For Alyeska Resort Departure, the tour will begin approximately 25 minutes prior to depot departure, and return approximately 25 minutes later.

USE THE LINK BELOW TO VIEW THE DEPARTURE TIME TABLE – BASED ON THE ESTIMATED BIRD POINT BORE TIDE ARRIVAL

GBA Bird Point Bore Tide Tour Schedule 2017

We will begin the tour adjacent to the Girdwood AKRR Depot. I recommend taking the Glacier Valley Transit to the depot. GVT SCHEDULE. You can also drive. MAP.


TOUR SCHEDULE RUN-DOWN

Welcome – Safety Briefing – Practice
:: 15 – 20 Minutes

Gird to Bird
6.5 mile ride
optional and encouraged photo-op stops
:: 85 Minutes

View the Bore Tide :: 30 – 45 Minutes

Bird to Gird
6.5 mile return ride
optional breaks
:: 85 Minutes

TOTAL :: 3.5 to 4 Hours

The Bore Tide arrival time is only an estimate. It can arrive sooner or later based on the winds. So, it is best to arrive 20 minutes prior to estimated time of arrival. A picnic or snacks are great options while waiting for the Bore Tide to arrive. We are happy to arrange food services for an additional fee.