Hiking The Gull Rock Trail
The 46th most popular hiking trail in Alaska.
Friday 24 June 2016 05:30 GMT
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. For the first 2 miles Cross-country skiing is possible, though snow conditions are usually poor. Porcupine Campground is the best place for camping because there are no good sites near the trail, but there are several at the end. Edible berries can be found along the trail.
Trail is very scenic as it parallels Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet (well above high tide). Trail passes through diverse vegetation: birch-aspen woods; alder-choked gullies; spruce forests; tundra with tiny spruce, mosses, low cranberry bushes; and finally, hemlock forests with a carpet of moss. Many times there are breaks in the woods for views of the Arm, the shoreline, and Mt. McKinley (on clear days). The destination, Gull Rock, which is on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Land, protrudes into the water for a quiet moment of contemplation or for a time to listen, look, and smell the splendor of water, sky, and land.
Wildlife in the area include moose, bear, white beluga whale, and many birds. Hunting in the area is limited. There are no fishing opportunities.
At Mile 56.5, Seward Highway, turn west onto Hope Highway. Drive 17.5 miles to Porcupine Campground, west of Hope, Alaska. Trail starts at the far northwest end of the campground. Trail is closed to saddle/packstock from April 1-June 30 and closed to motorized vehicles year-round.
Overall, Gull Rock Trail is the 46th most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gull Rock Trail including Devils Pass, Resurrection Pass Trail, Russian Lakes Trail, Primrose/Lost Lake Trail, Winner Creek Trail and Cresent Lake Hiking TrailJohnson Pass Trail.