10 Short And Sweet Hikes To Take On The Kenai This Spring

The days are continuing to get longer and the weather has been practically the picture of perfection. With warmer air and electric sunshine rays, the snow is quickly melting and we just can’t seem to get enough! With over two months of the spring season remaining, it’s the perfect time of year to break out of hibernation and hop on these 10 awesome trails. Remember to be aware of wildlife that surrounds area trails all throughout The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground.

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1: Exit Glacier – Seward, Alaska (2.5 miles)

As one of the most popular hikes on the Kenai Peninsula, this well-maintained trail makes it easy to get into to the serene surroundings of nature without having to go too far. The remarkable views of Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park will take your breath away. Take the 2-mile loop from the Nature Center or keep on going and make it a 3 or 4 mile trek. If you’re after a longer journey, continue on up to the Harding Icefield. For more trail information, click HERE.

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2: Beluga Slough Trail – Homer, Alaska (1.2 miles)

This 1.2-mile loop trail offers scenic views overlooking Kachemak Bay, with tremendous wildlife viewing opportunities to boot. Walk the shores of Bishop’s Beach while beach combing along the way. For more trail information, click HERE.

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3: Captain Cook Beach Trail – Nikiski, Alaska (2.5 miles)

Nothing beats a long walk on the beach, especially when you have the whole place all to yourself. That’s the feeling you get out here. Enjoy the picnic area (with a million dollar view) and then take a nice flat walk on the beach with the whole family. For more trail information, click HERE.

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4: Tonsina Creek Trail – Seward, Alaska (3 miles)

This scenic 3 mile trail will lead you from the beautiful Lowell Point beach area through lush hemlock and spruce trees on to Tonsina Creek. Stop and take time to soak in the views overlooking Resurrection Bay as you enjoy gradual elevation gain. For more trail information, click HERE.

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5: Bear Mountain Trail – Sterling, Alaska (1.6 miles)

Access this short, sweet hike by taking Skilak Lake Loop to mile marker 6.9 (accessible from the Sterling or Cooper Landing) in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll climb a fairly steep .8 miles up hill, but the view you’ll be rewarded with is way worth any pain from the elevation gain. Soak in sights overlooking Skilak Lake and the robust Kenai Mountains. For more trail information, click HERE.

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6: Keen Eye & Centennial Trails – Soldotna, Alaska (.3-3 miles)

Hike along the Keen-Eye Nature Trail with interpretive information along a well-maintained path. Visitors can take a side path down to Headquarters Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Continue on to the 2-mile Centennial Trail Loop to enjoy a beautiful nature escape with plentiful wildlife viewing opportunities. For more trail information, click HERE.

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7: Hidden Creek Trail – Cooper Landing, Alaska (3 miles)

This 3-mile out and back hike is located off of Skilak Lake Loop and it is a fairly flat, winding hike. You’ll go through a variety of diverse terrain, with excellent berry picking opportunities during July and August. You’ll also wind through an old burn area from the 1996 wildfire, giving you widespread views overlooking the surrounding Kenai Mountains. For more trail information, click HERE.

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8: Calvin & Coyle Trail – Homer, Alaska (1.5 miles)

Located near to town in Homer just down East End Road, this lovely little nature trail winds through thick spruce forest with enchanting widespread meadows. The observation platform overlooking the Beluga wetlands provides tremendous birding and wildlife viewing opportunities. For more trail information, click HERE.

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9: Russian River Falls – Cooper Landing, Alaska (4 miles)

Head to the Russian River Campground to access the trailhead for this awesome hike. The whole family will love the wide gravel path with gentle elevation gain. During the summer months, this is a great place to view salmon running in the streams beneath the falls. This area is also known for its frequent bear encounters, so remember to be cautious. For more trail information, click HERE.

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10: Anchor Point Beach – Anchor River State Recreation Area, Alaska (2-5 miles)

Bring a fly rod and walk the Anchor River while fishing, or head down to the soft sandy beach to walk for a few flat miles. Soak in breathtaking scenery overlooking Kachemak Bay leading to spectacular views of mountains and volcanoes in the distance. For more trail information, click HERE. Other nearby hiking areas include Stariski Creek and Whiskey Gulch.

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If you love beach walks, check out a full list of some of the Kenai Peninsula’s most beautiful sandy shores by clicking HERE. Also, we highly recommend the book 50 Hikes In Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, which is available for purchase by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions about any of these beautiful hikes, feel free to let us know in the comments below or by visiting our Facebook page. Have fun out there, adventure hounds!

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Beautiful Beaches on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground

Photo by Jean -Marie Prival, Flickr.

Photo by Jean -Marie Prival, Flickr

As Summer Solstice has officially came and went, we are now able to ring in all that the season has to offer. Warm weather and over 20 hours of daylight means that we have more time than our heart desires to get out and enjoy our beautiful beaches, sandy shores and spectacular mountain views.

Photo by Robert Levy, Flickr.

Photo by Robert Levy, Flickr.

The beach in Seward is an excellent place to camp with friends and family, go whale watching or just listen to the waves crash against shore as you prepare to head out of a saltwater fishing adventure. The snow-capped mountains in the distance are pretty mesmerizing as well!

Photo from Brian Strombeck, Flickr.

Photo from Brian Strombeck, Flickr.

The town of Hope is known for having some of the most beautiful sights in all of Alaska although the simplicity of the town make you feel totally at ease and relaxed. Pitch a tent on the beach and stay through the night or enjoy a day hike high into the mountains with stunning views of the beach from above.  

Photo from Erik Halfacre, Flickr.

Photo from Erik Halfacre, Flickr.

Take a small plane over to Katmai National Park and land right on the beach at Hallo Bay before enjoying an epic day of watching bears feed on salmon in Brooks Falls. Only on Alaska’s Playground!

Photo from Marshmallow, Flickr.

Photo from Marshmallow, Flickr.

The beach running up and down the Homer Spit is described as “epic” on a daily basis. The place is truly like something out of a movie. Enjoy walking the long sandy beach, let your dogs dip their paws in the water, camp out, let the kids splash in the surf, fly a kite, have a campfire, surf-cast off shore or just sit back and enjoy watching the boats come in and out of the harbor. There are also tons of great shops, eateries, bakeries and restaurants up and down the spit that are great to enjoy when you want a break from having sandy toes. There is no such thing as a bad day on the Homer Spit!

Homer, Alaska - Tent on Homer Spit

Photo from Cristopher Griner, Flickr.

Staying up late enough to enjoy an Alaska’s Playground sunset is definitely worth while when you are at Kenai Beach.

Photo from Wasif Siddiqui, Flickr.

Photo from Wasif Siddiqui, Flickr.

The Kasilof Beach at the mouth of the Kasilof River is great spot to go if you are coming to dipnet, go fishing, beachcomb or just soak in the gorgeous mountainous views.

Photo from Travis, Flickr.

Photo from Travis, Flickr.

The beach in Anchor Point is known for it’s famous tractor launch. But if you are looking for an excellent beach to just put your toes in the sand and soak in out-of-this-world views, this is your spot. Bald eagles are very commonly viewable at this beach from very close distances (and it’s INCREDIBLE)! It’s hard to leave disappointed after spending the day at this amazing beach.

Photo from Kevan Dee, Flickr.

Photo from Kevan Dee, Flickr.

Clam Gulch is where you need to go for stunning mountain views, soft sand and utter solitude! Sometimes getting away from the crowds and just being one with Alaska is the best way to refresh your soul before returning to work on Monday morning.

Photo from Peter Flynn, Flickr.

Photo from Peter Flynn, Flickr.

Find a secluded (private) beach by the town of Seldovia and feel yourself be completely ruined to any other beach in the world. Once you have a beach all to yourself with absolutely zero sounds to be heard except the waves breaking and the birds chirping… you will be totally, completely ruined. In the best way possible.

Photo from Joseph, Flickr.

Photo from Joseph, Flickr.

Bishops Beach in Homer is one of those magical places where you feel like you could walk for days and days and never get tired. Surrounded by mountainous views and brisk saltwater in the air, this place is truly magical.

Photo from caliseashel, Flickr.

Photo from caliseashel, Flickr.

Discovery Beach at Captain Cook State Recreation Area in Nikiski is an excellent place to beachcomb, ride ATVs, go horseback riding, walk for miles and miles or stay long enough to enjoy an incredible sunset. The beauty at this beach is most definitely worth the semi-long drive out from the town of Kenai.

Photo from RocksInMyHead, Flickr.

Photo from RocksInMyHead, Flickr.

The beaches inside the Kenai Fjords National Park out of Seward are sometimes rocky and sometimes sandy, but they are ALWAYS stunningly beautiful

Photo from National Park Service, Alaska Region, Flickr.

Photo from National Park Service, Alaska Region, Flickr.

Halibut Cove in Kachemak Bay is another excellent place to go if you are on the search for the most beautiful and perfect secluded beach paradise.

Photo from Antti T. Nissinen, Flickr.

Photo from Antti T. Nissinen, Flickr.

The beach in Lake Clark National Park is an excellent place to go and check out huge bears in their natural habitat. Stay for the day and enjoy world-class sockeye or silver salmon fishing!

Photo from Sanjoy Ghosh, Flickr.

Photo from Sanjoy Ghosh, Flickr.

The beach at Lowell Point in Seward is known for providing fun for all ages, shapes and sizes. Play in the surf, skip rocks, paddle out into the ocean via kayak or spot for humpback whales from shore. Whatever you do here, you will be happy. It’s impossible to be anything but happy when you are surrounded by such stunning natural beauty.

Photo from Dave Bezaire, Flickr.

Photo from Dave Bezaire, Flickr.

If lake life is more your cup of tea, Kenai Lake in Cooper Landing has been known to have some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Alaska. We’d say that this picture at sunset definitely validates those claims!

Photo from Maria Fletcher-Stark, Flickr.

Photo from Maria Fletcher-Stark, Flickr.

That’s it for now, nature lovers and adventure hounds! Enjoy the beautiful beaches on The Kenai, Alaska’s Playground this summer and remember to always be bear aware. 😉 Happy travels!

Photo from Stephen Brkich, Flickr.

Photo from Stephen Brkich, Flickr.