Southeast of Anchorage and Indian, the Bird Creek Valley Trail follows the creek for 5.5 miles one-way up toward Bird Pass. The route passes large trees along the way.
To reach the hiking trailhead from Anchorage, head southeast on the Seward Highway to Mile 101. Head northeast for 0.6 miles to the Bird Creek Valley Trailhead.
An interesting multiple day trip can be done by going west in the Ship Creek drainage and returning over Indian Creek Pass. There are no trails in the Ship Creek drainage, but you are above treeline and route finding is easy. There are many moose and bear in the area.
Overall, Bird Creek Valley Trail is the 31st most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska.