Lost Lake via Primrose Trail is a 13.3 mile out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length13.3 miElevation gain2,578 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashCampingCross-country skiingHikingMountain bikingSnowshoeingRunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
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Krystin Bodden
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Hiking

Awesome trail- very well kept and easy to follow. Inclines were slow and steady the whole way up, and Lost Lake is gorgeous! It’s long, so bring snacks lol.

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Karen Beaudin
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Hiking

We only went 2 miles up, then took the spur to the falls overlook. The spur is on the right hand side. I'd estimate it's about 100 yards beyond a footbridge over a creek. It is not marked but you'll know you're near when you hear the gush of the water. Cross a stream (no bridge). This small detour from the main trail is worth the view!

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Brian S
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Nice reward at the end - but it's a long trail with very little variation. Mostly you're in a nice forest but with few, if any, views. Steady incline the whole way up

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Mae Grundman
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BackpackingGreat!

Went backpacking with my husband for 3 days. We started to Primrose to Lost lake. It’s amazing how beautiful this place. Trail is all good conditions. Very easy.

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Laura Orenga
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Hiking

Great views and fairly easy. Great trail to bring your dogs and/or children. Lots of berries to pick this time of year.

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Elise Fields
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HikingNo shade

Hiked N to S today, 14.8 miles. In full sun from miles 5 to almost 12. Surprisingly not crowded, saw comparable levels of mountain bikers to hikers.

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Brian Murray
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HikingSnow

Wow. As of 12/19/19 there is a dry ground at the trailhead and the more you go up the more winter it gets. I turned around about 3 quarters of the way through due to timing with the sun going down. I'm 5'8 and I didnt expect there to be snow up to my waist about halfway up. Theres a point where the only pair of footprints I saw turned around just about when the snow gets crazy and I went on for probably another mile. Within that mile I saw lynx and moose tracks. A very cool experience regardleds and I'll be back in the summer to see the lake. To anyone who has the impression this is a uphill hike with a lot of views along the way like I thought, it's not. You have to climb uphill in a forest setting for more then half the hike. Still amazing

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Neil Schott
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HikingSnow

A must do trail here in Alaska. We had been up on rainy days with low visibility but today was the exception- clear and cold.. the views were gorgeous! The trail is wide, moderate grade and breathtaking views at the top. We hit light snow around 2200 feet, but just a dusting. It did a great job at keeping the mud at bay. Bonus- plenty of frozen blueberries along the trail. No signs of bears, or people for that matter..

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Dean Keteri
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Mountain biking

Continued on from Lost Lake and did the Primrose trail. Conditions were amazing but pretty technical in some spots.

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Julie Deordio
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail only to those who are extremely comfortable with steep inclines and rocks . Absolutely beautiful views and lovely wildflowers. Nicely maintained

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Bill Sutter
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Hiking

I wouldn’t recommend this trail for biking due to all the roots but it was a nice walk. Once up in the mountains the site was beautiful. Lost lake was also awesome. We had to take the shoes off and wade a bit before the hike back.

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Lisa Liu
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Hiking

We did a point to point hike Primrose Trail + Lost Lake Trail (North to South). The view is breathtaking! Total we hiked 24.5km, or it can be 30km if you hike all short side trails around lost lake, like Lost Lake Peninsula etc. A most do hike in Alaska!

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Charlotte Ellis
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Hiking

What to say about this trail is just WOW! It has so much to offer! Rainforest, mountains, undulating hills of various shades of green, glacier blue waters of lost lake and the geography of the land is remarkable - mountains, chasms, glaciers- one end of trail overlooking Kenai Lake and at the other end overlooking Seward and Resurrection bay. Gods handiwork and no words to adequately describe the beauty. I would pick a partly cloudy to blue bird kind of day to hike this trail so you can actually see all it has to offer. From Primrose T.H. To Lost Lake T.H. utilizing summer trail it’s 15.- miles. We did a 6 min (3 min walk one way) detour on the Primrose side (barely visible short trail) to view of the waterfalls you could hear roaring. Took this 52 year old and 70 year old 10 hours to do with 2 snack breaks, 1 lunch break and lots of stops to pick and eat blueberries and salmon berries and enjoy the view stops! Some mountain bikers and some foot traffic but not a lot. If you plan on camping you can’t have fires after certain points on the trail. So worth it!

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Brandi Geary
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HikingBugs

Beautiful hike we went up on the 4th of July and very little traffic. It was hot and along the ridge there was a slight breeze but not enough to keep the bugs away. Smokey from the fires but not too bad.

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Stephen Meyer
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Hiking

Wonderful! The only downside was biting flies, but at a normal walking speed they leave you completely alone. The middle section of the trail was filled with blueberries that will be ripe in about 3 weeks.

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Patrick Curry
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MuddyOff trailSnow

beautiful trail! muddy and snowy towards the top, with some sections of the trail covered in snow. snow up to about mid shin.

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Mario Alonso
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HikingMuddyWashed out

Beautiful trail, but it’s sad to see that many trees are sick or dead.

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Janet Stokes
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beautiful trail. best of everything.

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Melissa Oathout
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This hike was very beautiful, the lake was big with plenty of places to camp. I wish I brought a fishing pole!!

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Shelby Matussak
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Mountain biking

This review is from someone who tried to bike from Primrose trail head up to the lake and back. Apparently, most individuals who bike it prefer to start at the Lost Lake trail head and through bike up to the lake and down to Primrose. We kept wondering why everyone was passing us the opposite way. Otherwise, the rating would be different. We bit off way more than we could chew trying to bike up this way. We are definitely not very advanced mountain bikers and we had to carry our bikes up a lot of the steeper/root-filled sections. Didn't make for the most awesome experience. However, the views and riding at the top by the lake are phenomenal and the ride back down was most supreme. So, definitely don't recommend trying to bike up from Primrose unless you've got some experience and skill. Other than that the trail was absolutely wonderful!

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Joseph Galaske
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Hiking

Very well preserved trail with stunning scenery! The trailhead campgrounds are also incredible. A must for any travelers.

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Chelsie Elizabeth
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First over night backpacking trip with Girls Who Hike Ak! It was a great hike. Awesome views, not horrible weather. Started at Primerose.

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Nina Wladkowski
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Hiking

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were fairly calm and a few people were on the trail. Did a thru-hike to Lost Lake Trailhead from Primrose and highly recommend it - the views of Resurrection Bay and Seward were a highlight, as well as the lake itself, which still had ice floating throughout. The climb up was a little tougher than I’m used to (it was also the first hike of the season for me), but worth it 100%. Already thinking of another trip up to camp out by the lake.

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April K
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Beautiful hike! Still some some close to frozen lake. Would definitely do this again!

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Holly Bell
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with sprinkles of rain. We couldn’t make it to the top as there was still your a bit of snow right at where the tree line starts to thin out, possibly 1/8 to 1/4 mile from the top. Still a great hike!

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Melissa Sisk
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Tammy Farrell
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Camping

Beautiful views. Lots of off trail scouting.

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