The Kenai Peninsula has one of the most impressive trail systems in the country. Trails accessed from the Seward area are the crowning jewel of this system and offer hikers of varying skill levels the opportunity to explore this wild and beautiful country.
Many trails are in the nearby Chugach National Forest. Before you pack your trail mix and hit the trail head, visit Seward Ranger District office at 334 Fourth Avenue, or call (907) 224-3374 for maps.
Nearly all trails are closed to mechanized use in the summer. Mountain bikers are allowed on the trails but the Forest Service discourages their use on some trails.
Some trails lead to mountain lakes with good fishing. A few local stores carry regulations or contact the state Department of Fish and Game, at 333 Raspberry Road, Anchorage, AK 99518, or call (907) 267-2218.
Lost Lake/Primrose Trail - The trail extends 15 miles between trail heads in Lost Lake Subdivision at Mile 5 Seward Highway and Primrose Campground at Mile 17.
This scenic trail offers spectacular views of surrounding mountains and Resurrection Bay. The trail is steep and gain 1,820 feet of elevation quickly. Snow often remains at higher elevations as late as June.
Grayling Lake Trail - Mile 13.2 Seward Highway, the two-mile trail passes through spruce forests and open meadows, gradually rising 450 feet. You can reach three lakes from this trail.
Ptarmigan Creek Trail Mile 23 of the Seward Highway - this 7.5 mile (one-way) trail starts out hilly, but soon levels out, rishing only 450 feet in elevations. Ptarmigan Lake is at mile 3.5 and the trail continues four miles to the eastern edge of the lake.
The trail is suitable for day hikes, multi-day trips and back country camping. Fish for Dolly Varden and rainbow trout in Ptarmigan Creek and graying in Ptarmigan Lake.
Johnson Pass TrailThis easy 23-mile trail is accessible from either mile 32.5 or the Seward Highway, north of Moose Pass or mile 64 of the Seward Highway. An excellent trail for those seeking more privacy and spectacular scenery with few extreme elevation changes. The trail is excellent for mountain bikes in mid-to late summer.
Carter Lake Trail- Mile 34, Seward Highway-a good day hike, the 3.3-mile trail, on old jeep road, gains 955 feet in elevation.
Make it a multi-day hike and camp at Carter or Crescent Lakes. And you can connect with the nine-mile Crescent Lake Trail, although it’s hard to walk along the lake. Fishing is good for rainbow trout in Carter Lake.
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