Located in Alaska, the hiking in Kenai Peninsula offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Kenai Peninsula hiking based on popularity are considered to be Resurrection Pass Trail, Devils Pass, Russian Lakes Trail, Primrose/Lost Lake Trail, and Johnson Pass Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Kenai Peninsula hiking trail below.
South of Anchorage and north of Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, the 10 mile Devils Pass trail is a local favorite with sightings of bear, moose and sheep. The first four miles have steep, uphill grades, which are followed by a slight decline after pass. It is well maintained, though it may be wet/muddy in places.
South of Anchorage and north of Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, the Resurrection Pass Trail System runs 38 miles and connnects the towns of Hope & Cooper Landing. The main trail is easy to moderate and the side trails are moderate to strenuous. The trailhead is located 85 miles from Anchorage.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Russian Lakes Trail is a 21 mile multi-use route. There are overlooks of Russian River, panoramic views of mountains. There is easy hiking for family outing and potential multi-day trips using designated campsites at Lower/Upper Russian Lakes or Barber, Aspen Flats, or Upper Russian Lake Cabins.
South of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula, a combination of the Lost Lake Trail (7.6 mi./2000' climb) with the Primrose Trail (8 mi./2000' descent) makes for a great adventure through lush arctic plateaus with vistas of glacial mountain tops. The hike starts off Sewards Highway with a climb up Lost Lake Trail through dense Alaskan Rain Forest. As the forest breaks, there are magnificent views of the Resurrection Peaks and nearby waterfalls.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Cresent Lake Trail is a 6 mile multi-use hiking route. The trail follows Crescent creek gradually upward through birch-aspen forests. It climbs over a low ridge and drops into scenic Crescent Creek Canyon. Trail alternates between open meadows with many wildflowers, and forested areas. Crescent Lake lies just below treeline.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Gull Rock Trail is a 5 mile route. This route is is suitable for family outings and day hiking. The hiker may see evidence of an old wagon train road this trail follows. Ruins of an old sawmill site and remains of a cabin and stable can be seen from Johnson Creek.
Near Seward, there is a primative and unmaintained 2 mile one-way trail running up the west side of Mount Marathon. This is a challenging day hike with 3,000 feet of climbing but has a great vista over Resurrection Bay.