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Best trails in Kenai Wilderness

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Explore the most popular trails in Kenai Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

For almost 100 years, the Kenai Peninsula has attracted hunters of moose, Dall sheep, and other wild game. In 1941 President Roosevelt designated more than 1.7 million acres as the Kenai National Moose Range. In 1980 the Moose Range was expanded to almost two million acres, renamed the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and well over half of it was designated Wilderness. The area comprises the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains with their ancient glaciers rising to 6,612 feet, nine river systems (many originating from the expansive Harding Ice Field), and the spruce-birch lowland forest that extends to the shores of Cook Inlet. Unlike most of Alaska's wildlands, Kenai lies near Anchorage and draws scores of human visitors to its scenic grandeur (only 17 wildlife refuges in the entire United States receive more visitors). More than 200 miles of established trails give access to much of the backcountry. Hundreds of splendid small lakes are accessible through a system of canoe trails, including the popular Swanson River Canoe Trail. Fishing brings many people to the area, including fly-ins to more remote lakes. Motorized boats are allowed on the larger lakes but not on the canoe trails. Kenai produces an abundant crop of wild berries. Brown bears are relatively scarce here except in the less-visited places. Many species of mammals and birds call Kenai home. The howling of wolves often breaks the night stillness. Be prepared for insects.

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Map of trails in Kenai Wilderness
Park information
Acreage:
1354247 acres
Top trails (4)
#1 - Skyline Trail
Kenai Wilderness
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
Skyline Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#2 - Kenai River Trail
Kenai Wilderness
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 5 m
Note: As of June 2020, the lower river is closed due to a fire however this trail is still accessible.Show more
#3 - Fuller Lakes Trail
Kenai Wilderness
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h 28 m
Fuller Lakes Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camShow more
#4 - Skyline Traverse Summit
Kenai Wilderness
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 8 h 32 m
Skyline Traverse Summit is a 12.7 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. ThShow more