Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Seward with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike! Some sections of steep, loose rock but overall very satisfying. Gives a great view of Seward.

Super quick and easy jaunt. The big lake is stunning .. like glass!

hiking
21 days ago

Hi guys!!! We did it with two my Siberian Huskies Woooooo

Jeep trail tough for an out shape gal but all the way to the end of skyline....soo worrrh the view

on Mount Marathon

26 days ago

Great hike, we saw a moose on the way to the top. Its not the easiest one but at the same time its great feeling go to the top of mountain and have an amazing view :)

hiking
30 days ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Amazing pretty much sums it up. Nice steady incline going up, lots of stops for berries because.. hello! It's September and somehow there are tong of blueberries out. Stayed at the lake for 2 nights.. could have stayed the rest of my life honestly. The hike out is also amazing! we enjoyed lunch at the peak and enjoyed 360° views!

backpacking
1 month ago

One of our favorite overnight backpack outings. We typically camp at Primrose Friday night and overnight somewhere along the way. It's a great way to introduce new folks to backpacking with good terrain, a variety of landscapes and rewarding views at the top!

This year, we had glorious weather on Saturday, but just as we past the lake and hit the ridge, miserable cold drizzle and fog rolled in. Incessant rain all night and less than 20 ft visibility the next morning. We booked it out. Still, a great way to spend the weekend!

Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

It was a rainy day, but I had to get out of the apartment! Bear Mountain is a nice trail! At first I didn't see the start of the trail, but it's off to the left of the driveway of a blue house when you reach the corner. I actually parked in the marathon trail area, and just walked down the road. it's got tall grass and growth shrouding the trail. It was muddy of course, but I managed not to fall, there were an abundance of roots to grab on the way up or anchor on the way down if you don't have cleats...not a lot of scrambling. Once above the timberline the wind really picked up. It takes casual effort, just have fun and enjoy it, there are sights of Marathon, some cascading falls down below, wild blueberries...it's a pleasant hike. The grass and various vegetation throughout the climb is thick. the trail is still pretty easy to navigate, but the footing is obscured. The views will be much better on a clear day, because most of the peaks were invisible during my hike. The rainy day hike is occasionally necessary, and this was a good trail to pick for it. Seward gives off that harbor-port town vibe perfectly on a foggy day as well.

Awesome overnight backpack with fishing opportunities. Loved this trail with great views looking back to Resurrection Bay.

2 months ago

First this is not a moderate trail. No way, no how. That said, it is a great hike but not for the feint of heart. Bring walking sticks, gloves and wear ankle high boots for support. We took the skyline up and the runners trail down. Lots of places to fall and break something. The decent is very technical, especially through the creek.

hiking
2 months ago

A tremendous hike that's both challenging, but very rewarding for the physically fit. We took the jeep trail to the hikers trail and it wasn't as difficult as the runner's trail up, which I did last year. It is a great race to watch on tv, but plan to change your underwear after coming too close to the edge more than once, or on the downside part of the scree. If you survive that, the chute with running water and loose rock will make you long for the scree. However, stopping at Seward Brewing for a few cold beers and food are a just reward for conquering this HARD climb. I love it and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing the entire region from the summit. You're welcome for the near death experience, Jeff!

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing! We hiked up the hikers trail (not the runners). The middle section (bench trail) was really muddy and tight with vegetation so got pretty wet since it was raining. Where the trail turns left to go up the ridge, we hiked into the bowl instead, following the river, and through a wildflower meadow and up some snow patches and scree piles. Came to a ridge above a little alpine lake there. It was cloudy so we could only see a few of the crags above the bowl, not any mountains across the valley. Really pretty though! I'd definitely hike this again and try to do the actual ridge part of the trail (called the skyline section?) probably would bring sandals too for the muddy parts because my shoes and socks got soaked from hiking through wet plants and mud.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail with a beautiful lake as the prize. Last 1.5 miles is pretty overgrown but you can manage if you pay attention. River views mostly along beginning 1.5 miles and keeps you cool, we love this trail, easy to find and follow.

The person who told us about this trail really undersold it. It is amazing! One of the highlights of our trip so far! Fairly lightly trafficked, especially in the morning.

Almost everyone does carry bear spray and you should too (although we didn’t see any bear droppings). Adventure 60 in town rents it at $12 a day so pick some up before you hit the trail.

The most beautiful view of Seward and Res Bay like i’ve never seen before.

beautiful trail! not a touristy spot at all. it’s a rough incline getting out of the tree line but very rewarding after!

birding
2 months ago

We hiked to the upper most point of this trail where you can look downward at Lost Lake and enjoy a lunch break with a 360 view. Thats 5.5 miles in and again back out. In took us 2 hours 50 minutes. Out took 2 hours 20 minutes. The views of the mountains, Seward and the bay, the waterfalls.... wildflowers. Great hike.

hiking
3 months ago

The fact that the runners can descend the mountain in less than 10 minutes is mind blowing. I just couldn’t wrap my head around how you run through that creek bed. Overall great hike, wonderful views, just wait until you have a nice clear day to do it (you’ll be able to see the ocean).

Heading up -

Jeep Trail starts on 1st. Make sure you look at the map (examine it) at the trailhead before you head up. The Bench Trail comes off the Jeep Trail and follows the creek. Lots of bugs. It goes aways till you hit the ridge and follow the ridge up the Skyline Trail through the slate/scree to the summit, which is marked by a big rock in the Trail.

This hike is moderate. What’s described below is strenuous and should only be undertaken in good weather (ie not when it’s raining).

On the way down you can go down the runners trail, which has two trails after you get off the summit. From the summit, you head through thick scree which is tough to traverse. From there you head through a thicket of wildflower to where the trail splits. TAKE THE RIGHT TRAIL (the scree). The other trail is the “up trail” which is mostly dirt, and can be very muddy when it rains. I made the mistake of taking this trail down bc I didn’t read the sign at the bottom, and spent most of the walk down on my butt.

Still a great hike with great views. I’m scratching my head at how anyone could run this though. Would love to see that.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this trail with my mom and brothers on July 10th, so our group ranged in age from 18-50 years old. Because of the range of skill levels in our group, we decided to only partially complete the hike, stopping and turning back at the fork leading to Clemons Cabin giving us an 8 mile round trip hike. Even without seeing the whole trail, this was one of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. The transition from the initial, covered woods section to the meadows was fantastic giving a glimpses of many mountain peaks in the vicinity despite the heavy fog of the day. Many flowers were in bloom and the air was fragrant during the meadow walk. Shortly after stopping for lunch we did see a few bears- what appeared to be a mother and two cubs. We kept our distance and made sure to tightly seal our food waste in our packs and they didn't give us any trouble. The day we hiked was following several days of rain, so the trail was rather wet in some parts but not enough to waterlog your boots. We encountered maybe ten other hikers and two mountain bikers throughout the hike. All in all, it was an easy hike with little change in elevation when completed only halfway. I will be back to hike the whole trail some day.

hiking
3 months ago

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were out in rather full force, and a decent amount of people were on the trail, as well, including mountain bikers. 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. One spot crossing a small stream-fall near the Lost Lake Trailhead which has given me trouble before due to an intense fear of heights was much, much less worrisome from the other side and seemed to barely be an issue.

3 months ago

Great hike, but I definitely needed my trekking poles for this one. The beginning is pretty steep but it gets better. This hike isn't really called the "bowl.". It's actually the Mount Marathon hike and consists of three portions--the Jeep, the bench, and the skyline trail. Beautiful views at the top and snow within reach, too.

3 months ago

Holy **** we made it to the summit! Coming down was harder and can get technical if going down stream towards the end. The bowl was beautiful and the view from summit was stunning!

3 months ago

Beautiful trail! Lake was still frozen when we did this last week of June. Will definitely do it again :)

on Lost Lake Trail

3 months ago

Stunning, with changing views that add to beauty. Start hiking along beautiful forest stream, opening up to canyon with many waterfalls -- look back to views of Resurrection Bay. Following trail to ridge above Lost Lake, where we ate lunch. Bring windbreak for ridge. Saw black bear midway.

hiking
3 months ago

Starts with a steep incline that will immediately turn around anyone with knee or back problems. Many of the steep inclines are followed by a short leveling out and then start back up. The middle mile or so between the bottom and summit is flatter and right next to a stream and waterfalls here and there. The signage disappears after the first few turns and is nonexistent above 1000ft. We chose a bad weather day. Had very low visibility and the rocks higher up were very slick. For safety and lack of a visible trail ahead we turned back around 2000ft. Still managed to get some breathtaking photos and i’ll be back one day to make it all the way up, right now i’m going to settle for a long ice bath. #rookie

camping
4 months ago

Great trail....wonderful scenery and a lot of solitude! Good for an overnight or day trip in and out.

hiking
4 months ago

Did it on June 3rd. Awesome hike and views but only did the first 5 miles because the mountain was still fully snow covered and snow shoes were needed.

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