Hiking Trails Seward Alaska

extensive and varied

Hiking Trails Seward Alaska Overview

Hiking trails in the Seward area are extensive and varied no matter what your skill level, there’s a hike for you. Because of our vast wilderness, it only takes a few minutes to feel as if you are in another world. Below we give you an overview of our favorite trails and some resources for exploring the numerous options. You can also spend a lot of time just walking the beaches of the cabins. Our three waterfront cabins have private stairs to the beach; the Herons Roost is just a short walk from beach access at South Beach, and the Caines Head trail head. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our very special cabins, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Our favorite hike is to Tonsina Creek, which is accessible from Lowell Point, a part of the Caines Head State Recreation Area, you access the trail from Lowell Point Recreational Area’s upper parking lot

Note: due to Oct 2006 flooding trail is extremely rough. You can also hike further, all the way to Caines Head, the home of historic World War II Ft. McGilvary, this hike must be coordinated with tides; one coastal section can only be hiked at a minus low tide we suggest a minimum of -1.4 in order to safely hike the coastal rocks. This part of the planning is complicated!! Let us help you figure this out! We know how to read the tide tables and can help you be sure you don’t get stranded or stuck! Because of the distance and tides, you can only hike one way (without spending the night). Plan on taking a water taxi in the opposite direction. This map (may take a few moments to load) shows the trails.


The surrounding Seward area includes a number of trails

The Lost Lake/Primrose Trail (previously referred to as separate trails depending on which end you start from) is very popular and accessible year round; guests quite often tell us about these trails as being favorites. This Page on the Chugach Forest website  lists all the trails within the Forest; each trail has a page that details the hike and rates the level of difficulty. There are no maps from these pages that we could find, but we have a “Hiking” binder within each unit that contains reference maps. There’s also a Forestry Office in Seward where you can pick up maps.

This map roughly shows the locations of trails on the Kenai Peninsula, scroll down for a list of links to pages of details by trail. Many trails are accessible year round. In town there is a very cute trial called “Twin Lakes Trail” look on the map we give you!
Seasonally you can also hike the Harding Ice field Trail in the Kenai Fjords National Park
Last but not least, you can hike Mt. Marathon, the trail of our famous race on the 4th of July. From downtown Seward go west on Jefferson till you see the trail head famous for the 4th of July race held annually. This is not an easy hike and should not be attempted by most!

For all hikes, stay on the trail. Never try to take a “shortcut,” looks can be deceiving and you can find yourself stranded.
Be prepared for bears; hike with a can of pepper spray clipped on your belt or other spot where it is easy to get to. We have additional information in each cabin or room, including maps. We’re familiar with the area; don’t hesitate to ask questions!

Seward Alaska is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park accessible by land and sea, this National Park offers some of the most amazing scenery and wildlife anywhere.  Seasonally accessible only (generally May 1 – Sept 30). We highly recommend visiting this National Park via both methods!  Hike to the face of Exit Glacier, or take a boat tour into the Fjords.  Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our very special cabins, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula.

Here are some great Hiking tips:


Hiking in Alaska can be tricky business. It might be a hot, sun-shining clear day when you start up a trait, a great day to travel light and just leave the pack in the car. Then, halfway up a trait on, say, Lazy Mountain, everything will change. Suddenly thick clouds waft in, a chill wind escalates and street faults-in June!

Here’s a list of what you can wear or bring on a hike that wilt keep you comfortable and might even save your life.

  1. Comfortable shoes appropriate for the Terrain: Tackling a [long, steep, uneven, rocky or slippery trail requires a shoe or boot with deeper tread and more support around the foot and ankle.
  2. Non-cotton layers you can add or subtract as needed-thin long underwear shirt and pants (shorts aren’t a great idea because many of the traits in our area are rimmed with irritating or prickly plants like devils club and pants. A windproof layer is easily tucked into a pack. Bring a wool or polyester hat and gloves.
  3. An appropriately sized backpack with a property fitting hip belt and chest buckle.
  4. A fully charged cell (or a satellite phone, if you’ll be out on a [longer trip in remote areas)
  5. First-aid supplies, in a waterproof container.
  6. Plenty of water: You can bring water in bottles or reservoir bags. NEVER drink from a stream, lake or other body of water without purifying the water with a filter; iodine, purifier tablets or by boiling.
  7. Food: Pack things like sandwiches, trail mix, fruit, Clif (or similar) bars and/or smoked salmon strips, in containers that keep the food from being mashed to mush inside your pack.
  8. Topographic map and compass or a GPS: Learn how to use them properly before relying on them in the field!
  9. Mosquito repellent with DEET: Don’t apply to the hands of very young children.
  10. Toilet paper, in a Ziploc plastic bag.
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Sunscreen: Use a high-SPF product and reapply it throughout the day. Also use lip balm with sunscreen.
  13. Bear spray/bear belts/weapon (if you’re well-trained in how to carry and use one safely)
  14. Cap: To help keep the sun off your face and the sun out of your eyes.
  15. Whistle: Can be useful in case a child or someone else gets separated from the group.
  16. Small garbage bags: Use these for garbage, slide one over your backpack if it starts to rain, sit on one if the ground is sloppy, or toss your muddy, sweaty boots and clothes inside one after you’re finished hiking.
  17. Diapers, child snacks and other things you might need if you’re bringing kids too small to carry their own pack.
  18. Parking pass sticker; or money to pay parking fees, as well as a pen for fitting out the envelope for the parks-pass fee.
  19. Bandanna: Wrap your lunch in one of these, blow your nose with it, shield your nose and mouth from dust or create a makeshift hat if the sun gets intense.
  20. Hiking poles: Terrific for he(ping you safety descend steep terrain, reducing the punishment knees receive during an outing, helping children cross streams or hike down from steep places.

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