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 trailhead.
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: Depending on rain and flooding conditions the trail may be rough; we recommend sturdy footwear. You can also hike all the way to Caines Head, the home of historic World War II Ft. McGilvary. This hike must get coordinated with tides; one coastal section requires a minus low tide for hiking. We suggest a minimum of -1.4 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 direction (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 many trails.
The Lost Lake/Primrose Trail (referred to as separate pathways 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 “Hiking” binders within each unit that contain 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 in the city of Seward Two Lake Park, called “Two Lakes Trail!”
Seasonally between mid-May to the end of September depending on snow, you can also hike the Harding Icefield Trail at the Kenai Fjords National Park. The ice field has receded quite a bit, so reaching ice can be a longer and more challenging hike than you may have heard. The trail has changed a lot over the years.
Within the land side of the Kenai Fjords National Park, you can also hike to the face of Exit Glacier. This trail gets longer every year as the glacier recedes into the mountain. It’s well worth the effort to get up close and personal to this magnificent and dying treasure.
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 hike is not and should not be attempted by most people!
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 to your belt or another spot where it is easy to reach. We have loaner cans of spray you may borrow. We have additional hiking information in each cabin or room, including maps. We’re familiar with the area; don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Walking Tours and Mural Capital Seward Alaska
The town of Seward is just 3 miles north of our beautiful waterfront cabins and rooms. Downtown Seward’s history dates back to the early 1900s and is a fun little town with lots of cute shops. Many visitors enjoy walking the docks in the Small Boat Harbor.
In 2008 Seward was officially declared Alaska’s mural Capital after they installed their 12th mural. The collection has continued to grow throughout the years to at least 22. You can see all the paintings and plan your tour by visiting this map.
If you like the shingle artwork of Angels Rest on Resurrection Bay, you can walk around both Seward and Lowell Point to see more of Paul’s Silhouette Shingles murals.
Seward Alaska, a history rich town, has a small but fascinating museum, located in their Community Library.
This quaint and interesting museum makes for a great rainy day activity, but you should try to include this in your itinerary, regardless of the weather. Just 3 miles from our cabins.
Seward Historical Museum
Summer hours (June 1- Sept 1)9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Earthquake Movie about the 1964 quake in Alaska and Seward, is shown at the Library downtown on the corner of 5th and Adams Mondays through Saturdays during summer months at 2 PM.
Be sure to give yourself time to experience some heavenly relaxation in our unique and beautiful cabins just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula, with spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife surrounding them.
Gold Panning Seward Alaska-Day Trip
Panning for gold is a fun day trip from our cabins. There are several locations on the Kenai Peninsula, short trips from our cabins where you can pan for gold in local creeks during the summer season. In Cooper Landing you can learn how to pan for gold in a comfortable setting, or south of Anchorage, on your way to or from Seward, you can stop at a real mine. Below we have detailed the various options. Be sure to give yourself time to experience some of the best relaxation in our unique waterfront cabins and beautiful view rooms, with spectacular wildlife and scenery surrounding them just south of Seward, Alaska, on the shores of Resurrection Bay, on the Kenai Peninsula
The nearest gold panning location from our cabins is in Cooper Landing at Prospector John’s. An excellent day trip and drive from Seward any time of year. For those interested in learning about gold panning this is the perfect setting comfortably designed you get real “pay dirt” from a local gold mine. This panning is an excellent way to practice before attempting to gold pan in one of the numerous creeks in the area.
Stop at the Indian Valley Mine on your drive down to Seward or on your way back to Anchorage. An original historic mine, a family run business. Purchase “pay-dirt” guaranteed to contain gold. You’ll experience outstanding views of Turnagain Arm.