Caines Head Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Caines Head Trail is a 14 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
14.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5521 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

walking

beach

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
23 days ago

23 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. We got lucky with the tide, but make sure you check it. We ran into people that had to spend the night without gear because they got stuck. Also, the way back on the rocks can be kind of brutal, but it's work it. You can cut a good chunk of the beach walking out, and risk of getting stuck, if you do a kayak tour.

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Beautiful and accessible. Great trail

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
2 months ago

2 months ago

2 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

This was a very enjoyable backpacking trip with a group of ladies! Timing the beach walk is the key. You have to hit the tide just right so you are not stuck up against the rocky cliffs. We hiked out to the first camp corundum and stayed the night there. The next morning we climbed up to the old fort and down the other side to the beach on the other side. That beach was magical! While sitting on the beach and resting our legs we were treated to whales breaching and playing in the water right in front of us! We completed the loop (and getting lost at some point where the trail was grown over) and went back to camp for the night. The next day we timed the tides and hiked back. I would definitely do this hike again!

10 months ago

11 months ago

Great view at the top!

backpacking
11 months ago

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Beautiful! One of my favorites in Seward.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, June 08, 2016

hiking
Monday, December 14, 2015

Great hike with lots of opportunity to enjoy gorgeous views along the way. I did this hike with my little dog back in July when the salmon were spawning and saw quite a few making their way upstream. Blueberries were just getting ripe and the trail had enough ups and downs to make it interesting yet not TOO challenging (although the first part, which is also the last part on the return trip, is a long slow decline/incline and not very "exciting" but don't give up!). Even if it's high tide hiking to Tonsina point and turning around is still worth it.

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

We did this a couple times years back when we still lived in AK. You do have to time your trip so that you pass the rocky shoreline at low tide. Note that the low must be 2' or less or you are going to get wet. There is a pretty good climb up to the "Head" where the old bunkers are. From there you can hike another mile or so down to the cove on the backside of Cain's Hd. If you do get stuck out there you can call either by cell ph if you have service or vhf radio to a water taxi back in Seward. We discovered that on our first trip :0

sea kayaking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

There are a few ways to do this trail. Because part of it is coastal and is submerged during high tide, you can either hike, spend the night in a tent, and then return next low tide, or you can kayak from Lowell Point to Caine's Head and pick up the trail there. The end of the trail is at the remains of a WWII fun battery, Fort McGilvray.