Hiking The Primrose/Lost Lake Trail

The 22nd most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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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 ride 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.

Near the summit, the wildflower lined trail splits with one track continuing to Lost Lake and the other becoming the Primrose Trail running across a vast ridge top. The Primrose drops fast back into primeval forest and eventually ends back on Sewards Highway, 15 miles away from the car park.

The Lost Lake hiking trailhead is located 1.5 miles north of the Glacier Road exit of the Sewards Highway (SR 9).

The Primrose trailhead is located at the south end of Kenai Lake on FS953 off Sewards Highway (SR 9).

Overall, Primrose/Lost Lake Trail is the 22nd most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Primrose/Lost Lake Trail including Devils Pass, Resurrection Pass Trail, Russian Lakes Trail, Winner Creek Trail, Cresent Lake Hiking Trail and Johnson Pass TrailPtarmigan Creek Trail.

Primrose / Lost Lake Trail (AK/US)

Primrose / Lost Lake Trail (AK/US)

Primrose / Lost Lake Trail (AK/US)

Primrose / Lost Lake Trail (AK/US)

Primrose/Lost Lake Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (907) 670-3457; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010; Mountain Bike Alaska by Richard Larson (907) 272-3286; The Maps Place, Anchorage (907) 563-6277; Bike Exchange, Anchorage (907) 276-2453.

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  NFS Primrose Campground; Bear Creek Cabins, Hope (800) 360-8498; Eureka Summit Lodge (907) 822-3808; Dale Clemens Cabin (907) 224-3374

Luxury Loding:  Trail Lake Lodge (800) 208-0200; Orca Cannery, Cordova (907) 424-3324

Reference Source:  click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/

GPS:  60.3407, -149.369

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  8/9/2016

ID:  13949

Primrose/Lost Lake Trail Hiking Map


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