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Gull Rock is a 11 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hope, Alaska that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and camping and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.0 mi Elevation gain 2,539 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Camping

Hiking

Running

River

Views

Over grown

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G Marie Spotts
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HikingBugsOver grown

We flew into Hope and walked to Gull Rock from the airport. Total round trip was 17 miles. It was a long day but worth the views. We saw signs of bear but no bears. I don’t think many people have gone to the end as of late because the last few miles of the trail were completely overgrown. The bugs were horrible. But the views are worth it. At the top we sat and had lunch but I highly recommend using the campsite just before the top for lunch. Very open, views are stunning and the winds keep the bugs away. Great for dogs, water along the way but definitely need to take provisions with you.

Nicole Harrison
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Hiking

Easy walk ...lots of shade. Great hike.

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Brittnie Read
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Hiking

This trail is top 2 in Alaska and it’s not second.

Bill Miller
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HikingRockyScramble
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Charles Brasch
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HikingOver grown
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JT Mesquita
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BackpackingBugsOver grown

Fantastic hike with minimal elevation gain. We camped overnight, and there are maybe three decent sized campspots. We had great views of the sunset over the inlet right at camp. Key notes: the trail is definitely getting a bit overgrown for the last 2 miles or so (loooots of devils club!), but the trail is still easy to follow. The last spot for water is about .5 - .75 mi before reaching Gull Rock. You'll hit a good sized river with a bridge over it. Fill up here if you're staying overnight. Lastly, the mosquitos aren't the worst I've ever seen, but I returned home with maybe 10 or so fresh bites, so bug spray may come in handy!

MaKayla Killian
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Hiking

Incredible!

Tony Saltamacchio
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HikingMuddyOver grown
Monette Schwoerer
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Samuel Davila
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Jenni Dorsey-Spitz
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Hiking

A few muddy spots, but overall trail is in great condition. An easy going trail the can be hiked quickly or a good option for trail running with great views along the way.

Marty Magro
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Camping

Trail was just fine on all fronts for all adventurers ...not too steep, too wet, not too buggy and no Bigfoots, that I was aware of. Regarding camping at the existing primitive sites; if you don’t get the furthest and highest one out on the rock, you truly miss out on what the trail rewards you, in my silly opinions. Wonderful place to stake a modest claim for a night or two or three. Very nice flowing water near camping so you don’t need to lug out gallons of your own, if you have filtration.

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Nikki Bull
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Hiking

Great trail beautiful views along the way! Great for trail running clocked 12 miles in 2.5 hours I am sure a better run could do this in less time pretty flat not much elevation gain!

Chelsea Allen
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Hiking

Great hike! Great views!

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Ashlee Allen
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Hiking

The trail has very little elevation gain and is very doable for all ages.

Sarah Allyn
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HikingBugsMuddy

5/2/20 - First half of trail was mostly dry, second half had a decent amount of mud. I would recommend waiting a week or two to avoid trail erosion. Mosquitos are starting to come out! This was a great intro to the hiking season. If you aren't trail running I recommend bringing a picnic to have at Gull Rock, give yourself a little time to relax and explore one of the beaches that you can reach down a cliffside. There are a few primitive campsites on Gull Rock which also makes this trail a good start to the backpacking season. Depending on the campsite you can have views of the Arm and a sunrise or a view of the Inlet and Tordillos with a sunset. Traffic from the Seward Highway across the Arm can be heard from most of the trail. The trail itself, except for a several points, is mainly in the woods and does not offer a huge amount of ocean views. The end of the trail, while beautiful and semi-open from the trees, is not necessarily climactic. I would recommend this trail primarily for trail running, mountain biking, or a short backpacking trip.

Elizabeth Matthews
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Running

The trail is of course wonderful, but I wanted to post a PSA to all dog owners. Our puppy got into marijuana at the campground at gull rock that was left by campers/hikers/etc.. We have no idea of the form, but we’re guessing a bag of gummies or some sort of edible because of the dosage. It resulted in us having absolutely no idea what was wrong with our 9.5 month old dog for 5.5 miles, to the point where she couldn’t walk or stand on her own, and we had to carry her the remaining 3 miles of the trail. The dosage level was so high that she had seizures on the way back from Anchorage while we were stuck in 3 hours of construction traffic. She is going to be fine, but after about 7.5 hours of thinking our puppy was dying, and a $500+ vet bill, please, please clean up after yourselves if you are hiking or camping with drugs/marijuana of any sort. And dog owners, keep your fur babies close! Outside of the horrific dog owner experience, the trail is typically one of my favorites.

Gary Llaneza
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Hiking

5/2&3/20: Very beautiful hike out to gull rock. Stayed overnight with the tent facing out to the Turnagain arm. (Amazing!) The way in offers diverse scenery of brush, woods, borealis, rocks, and patches of mud. There are 7 total moving water streams for filtration. Saw zero bear signs, 3 grouse, tons of squirrels, and a snowshoe hare. The trail is pretty much what you’d expect in the summer: no snow! Very minimal inclines. Great views of the Turnagain arm very often on the way in and out! The camping spot in the beginning of the trail is a public camp ground just past the toad that leads to gull rock trailhead. This is typically full so don’t go in expecting a spot open. Two others actually camped at the end of gull- the rest day hiked. Great for trail running, hiking, overnight backpacking, and biking if you don’t mind walking the bike often over obstacles.

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S J
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Hiking

The intermittent mud is manageable and most of the snow is gone as previous review stated. Great hike with easy rolling hill elevation, about 1200 feet total gained there and back.

Raymond Shadowens
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Hiking

Trail is good to go for the season, a little muddy but the snow is gone except for a small 30 ft stretch you have to cross. Great easy long hike with amazing payoffs

Heath Vlastnik
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HikingSnow

Beautiful views, still a good amount of snow.

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