Cresent Lake Hiking Trail

The 48th most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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On the Kenai Peninsula, the Cresent Lake Trail is a 6 mile multi-use hiking route.

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. Most good camping sites located near lake.

Wildlife include moose, black and brown bears, and Dall sheep. Hunting for these species in designated seasons. Fishing for trophy-size grayling is best in western half of Crescent Lake. Grayling are also in Crescent Creek. Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game hunting and fishing regulations.

Trail Access:

Trailhead is at Mile 45, Sterling Highway (7 miles west of Seward/Sterling junction), turn south onto Quartz Creek Road (take left fork). Drive past Quartz Creek and Crescent Creek campgrounds to trailhead (Mile 3.5 Quartz Creek Road). Trail is closed to saddle/packstock from April 1 to June 30 and and closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 - November 30.

Overall, Cresent Lake Hiking Trail is the 48th most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Cresent Lake Hiking Trail including Devils Pass, Resurrection Pass Trail, Russian Lakes Trail, Primrose/Lost Lake Trail, Winner Creek Trail and Johnson Pass TrailPtarmigan Creek Trail.

Cresent Lake Hiking Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  CNF (907) 224-3374 or 271-2500; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010; The Maps Place, Anchorage (907) 563-6277.

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  Jun-Oct

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Public Cabins on Trail; 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

GPS:  60.5025, -149.6729

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/28/2016

ID:  19837

Cresent Lake Hiking Trail Hiking Map


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