Lutz/Fireweed and Dogwood Trails Loop

easy 18 reviews

Lutz/Fireweed and Dogwood Trails Loop is a 2.3 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Homer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 2.3 km Elevation Gain: 29 m Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers



no dogs

The Dogwood Loop and Lutz/Fireweed Loop at the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center Trail is a 1.5 mile loop. It offers wildflower meadows, wildlife viewing and bird watching opportunities. The Carl E. Wynn Nature center is a 155 Acre Nature Reserve with approximately 5 miles of hiking trails, a visitor cabin and outhouses. The visitor cabin is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily from mid-June to Labor day. Guided Naturalist Hikes are given at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. Trail Fees: $30/group larger than 6, $25/family, $8/adult, $7/senior, $5/child under 12. Please, no dogs from June to Labor Day to protect wildlife and their young.

6 months ago

The Carl Wynn trails are perfect for those looking for a quick walk in the woods, with some occasional nice views, and some nature education. The trails are well-maintained but not overly groomed and have many roots, but there are bridges over rough areas. The longest route across the road and down a ways is by far the prettiest, with grand panoramic views. For those looking for a deep nature hike in the mountains, this is not it. For those looking for a walk before other activities, or for those that would like to get into nature but can't walk more than a few miles, this is the best option around Homer.

8 months ago

Loved it, well cared for and great and easy trail. Boardwalks over muddy sections and a few look outs. The nature center was closed, so there was no fee, but it would be worth it with all the work they put into it the nature center and trails. They offer trail maps and plant identification guides for guest to use. There are a few other trails that branch off the Fireweed loop.

11 months ago

Gentle walk with a few nice views. Admission fee is $8/person when the visitor center is open. Seems a bit steep for such a small place. Was easy to get off track with the snow, even though there was obviously some work done on clearing snow.

Sat Sep 15 2018

Flat and lots of roots to step over, beautiful forest and bog, and overlooks of Kachemak Bay! Informative signs, including such plants as "fairy barf"!

Fri Jul 13 2018

Great set of trails! Well maintained and excellent guided hike with a naturalist. Trail fee of $8/adult which included the guided walk. We even saw a moose!

Sat Jul 07 2018

no dogs allowed ,more of a tourist stop

Mon Sep 11 2017

We had limited time so we didn't get to do as much as we wanted. We enjoyed the dogwood trail with the markers which pointed out various plants and trees.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Nice easy walk with some vista points. Really liked the plant colors. Didn't see a Moose but would recommend it.

Sun Jul 23 2017

8$ for adults and 5$ for children. We didn't end up hiking because we thought that was pretty steep for what it was.

Sat Jul 02 2016

Nice easy forest trail.

Mon Jul 08 2013

Nice trail to snowshoe in the winter. Occasional moose and bear sightings.

Mon Jul 08 2013

Lovely trail network. Open year around. In the summer there are guided trail walks. Lots of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. Enjoy!

7 months ago

7 months ago

paddle sports
10 months ago

Sun Mar 12 2017