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Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

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Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

We will connect this topic to a Top Question for Kenai forum for favorite hikes on the Kenai Peninsula.

Please help by adding your favorites day hikes and backpacking routes down on the Kenai.

Please be aware there are brown & black bears in the area, so educate yourselves to be bear aware. Also watch for moose which can be quite dangerous especially when protecting young.

Our favorite backpack which we do every summer, sometimes twice a summer, is the Resurrection Pass trail from Hope to Cooper Landing. We reserve the USFS cabins for 3 or 4 nights along the way. It is a delightful hike through a variety of ecosystems. The high tundra around Devil's Pass is awesome. Devil's Pass can be accessed as a day hike via the parking lot at Devil's Creek trailhead on the Seward Hwy. It is a beautiful climb up the trail to the pass. Either end of the Resurrection Pass trail can be done as a day hike. One can hike from Sterling Hwy near Cooper Landing on the Resurrection Pass trail to Russian Falls.

alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/ResurrectionPass.…

Across Sterling Hwy into Russian River campground is the trailhead for continuing south on the Russian Lakes trail to the Russian Lakes. Tourists love to make the short, easy hike to Russian Falls on this trail especially during the salmon runs to watch the salmon go up the falls. One can continue on to more USFS cabins at Upper & Lower Russian Lakes.

alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/RussianLake.htm

Reminder: brown bears congregate in the area for the salmon runs.

This northern portion connects with Resurrection River trail for the challenging southern portion to Seward.

Lost Lake Trail can be either a day hike or backpack. Dale Clemens USFS cabin is on the winter trail to the lake. From the cabin on a clear day you can see down to Resurrection bay at Seward. Lost Lake has 2 trailheads so can become a traverse. The color of Lost Lake is magnificent. Primrose Trail out of Primrose campground makes a lovely day hike through rainforest even if you don't make it all the way to Lost Lake.

www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/LostLake.htm

There are 2 USFS cabins on Crescent Lake for backpacking; however, Crescent Lake trail makes a nice day hike.

alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/CrescentLake.htm

Gull Rock Trail out of Porcupine CG, Hope is an easy day hike or there are camping spots for backpacking. It is one of the first trails with good exposure & low elevation to dry up the snow in the spring.

www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/Gull_Rock.htm

If you like to climb try the challenging hike up to Hope Point at Porcupine CG over the Turnagain. What views! :

www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/HopePt.htm

Johnson Pass trail goes from near Hope turnoff on the Seward Hwy down toward Seward. There are a couple of lakes depending on how long you want to hike. The trail can be a traverse backpack:

alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/JohnsonPass.htm

As always when hiking in Alaska carry a pack with plenty of water, a means of treating water, food, first aid, warm layers, hat, light gloves, rain gear. Carry out all used toilet paper in a ziplock bag. Leave no trace.

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1. Re: Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

Here is a link to a thread where denalicat shares one of her multi-night cabin-to-cabin route on the Resurrection Trail.

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g28923-i349-k33826…

Excellent tips in that thread!

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2. Re: Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

I enjoyed the Harding Icefield Trail when I did it 3 years ago and I am planning on doing it again this summer.

nps.gov/kefj/…harding_icefield_trail.htm

The start is at the Exit Glacier Nature Center. Figure on 6-8 hours for the entire trail up and back. There are no campgrounds, but camping is allowed along the trail.

Saturdays in July and August a park ranger usually leads a hike on this trail. Show up at 9am, no reservations are required.

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3. Re: Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

Thanks, John, for remembering to include Exit Glacier & Harding Icefield Trail.

Wow! Plus you remembered my Res. Trail thread!

4. Re: Favorite Day Hikes & Backpack trips on the Kenai Peninsula

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