Tonsina Creek Trail is a 4.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.1 miElevation gain770 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashkid friendlyHikingSnowshoeingWalkingBeachForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
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If you park at the upper trailhead parking area, there's a $5 parking fee. This is a year-round trail, so lots of people will usually be out when the weather is nice. It's also a fairly easy trail and is popular with out-of-towners who have to stick to easier trails. Might need spikes in winter. To hike just to Tonsina Beach, you don't need low tide like you do if you continue to Caines Head.

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Nancy Tracy
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Great little hike! It’s packed down enough to just use hiking boots and cleats. Was a bit slick with the warmer weather today. We used poles to help balance on the slick parts but snow was too deep and trail hard packed to be useful in areas.

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Kevin Moore
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Dan Fitz
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Totally worth it rain or shine!

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David Bell
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Corina Patz
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HikingGreat!

Nice trail with gorgeous views!

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Patrick Geary
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Chris Benning
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HikingFeeGreat!

I’d rate this trail as easy actually, especially if you are just going to Tonsina River. But it is actually beautiful also. The switchbacks are the “hardest” part but are beet well worn and footing isn’t too tough. At the river we veered off to the trail on the left and went out to to waterfront. We walked along the beach for about 0.5 mile, then met back with the trail at a dry river bed. The part of the trail heading back to Tonsina creek was so gorgeous. Definitely recommend this trail and going past Tonsina if you can

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Matthew Counts
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Nicole Harrison
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Nice trail.

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Pam Little
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This was a great hike. Some inclines but has switch backs that help with the gain. This was a easy moderate hike with a beautiful panoramic view of mountains and water

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Kevin Collins
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Pam Little
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Posted in wrong trail

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Kevin Collins
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Grant Heatherly
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Easy hike to the coast

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Adam Ikeda
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Sarah Dobbs
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Easy hike

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Madai Flores
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HikingGreat!

Lots to see, 2 beautiful bridges over the river, a brief walk through a rain forest and a path that’s somewhat challenging but pretty easy. Great for families, ends at the beach, what’s not to like!

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Alexa Donahe
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Hiked out to the Derby Cove Cabin. It was a fantastic place to stay. The hike out was slippery in the rain, but the clouds were beautiful. The way back was gorgeous and way easier on dry rocks. Make sure you check the tides, and you'll have a great time! If its raining, trekking poles would help on the slippery rocks. Caught some pinks and silvers from the beach at Derby Cove, and really loved playing horseshoes at the cabin!

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Zachery Money
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Annie Kleckner-Thiele
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Wonderful trail- very scenic forest and river views. It is rocky, but well maintained. If you have poles, I would recommend using them. However, they are not a requirement. Although you have a $5 parking fee, it's definitely worth it. If we ever visit Alaska again, we would prepare ourselves to go further along the trail.

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Alexandra Buraconak
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Katie Maddox
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A lovely sunny day for a hike. Well maintained and busy trail. Our pups loved it!

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Leann Mason
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wonderful family hike on 6/27 while camping at millers landing. ages 3 to 69 enjoyed a picnik on the beach.

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Andrew Knecht
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Hiked on 6/19/20. Absolutely beautiful views of the Alaskan forest. Very missy and tall trees. Excellent trail and easy to follow. Took us about an hour and a half.

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Angel Bacher
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Great relatively easy hike down to a gorgeous endless beach. At low tide it’s just beach for days and at high tide it’s just as beautiful. Great place to pack a lunch and sit on the beach to enjoy. Also lots of space for an overnight camp, which would be quite a view to wake up to!

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michael lawrence
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beautiful day out 3-14-20. nice stroll through old growth forest for a mile or two, then when you get to the tonsina river crossing it opens up to a beach area. I made it back to the tonsina cabin on the second opening at the end of this particular route. no worries with tides

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