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Best trails in Seward

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Looking for a great trail near Seward, Alaska? AllTrails has 26 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Kenai Fjords National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Caines Head State Recreation Area or Two Lakes Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Seward ranging from 2 to 13.8 miles and from 3 to 2,208 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Seward
Top trails (26)
#1 - Harding Ice Field Trail
Kenai Fjords National Park
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Length: 8.2 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m
#2 - Exit Glacier Trail
Kenai Fjords National Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
Start at Exit Glacier Nature Center parking lot. and following the accessible, Glacier View Loop Trail through the cottonwood forest to the Glacier View, a panoramic vista of Exit Glacier spilling down from the Harding Icefield. This one-mile trail loops back to the parking area, or you can turn left at the trail-side kiosk and continue 0.6 miles on to the Exit Glacier Overlook via the Glacier Overlook Trail. The Exit Glacier Area is open year-round. Upon the arrival of snow, usually in mid-November, the road to Exit Glacier is inaccessible to cars, due to a state road closure, but open to winter recreation, including snowmobiles, dogsleds, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat bikes. The road often remains closed through early May, so be sure to check current conditions if you are visiting during the off season (fall through spring). Accessibility: The trail surface is partially paved and partially compressed gravel. The width is typically over five feet wide. Some users have reported that the last 1/3 of the trail is too steep to navigate with wheelchairs or strollers because there are sections where the grade is between 10% and 25%. The beginning of the steep section has been marked with a waypoint on the map. But the paved section of the trail has an estimated average grade of 3% and a max grade of 6%.Show more
#3 - Lost Lake Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 7 h 20 m
#4 - Mount Marathon Hiker's Trail
Seward, Alaska
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 3 h 38 m
#5 - Tonsina River Trail
Seward, Alaska
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
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.Show more
#6 - Lost Lake via Primrose Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 13.3 mi • Est. 7 h 6 m
#7 - Caines Head Trail
Caines Head State Recreation Area
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Length: 14 mi • Est. 8 h 53 m
SAFETY NOTE: It is important to time your trip around the tides. The three mile stretch of beach between Tonsina Point and North Beach can be hiked only during a tide of +3 or lower. Leave the trail head at two hours before a +3 tide to avoid becoming stranded along the way. Show more
#8 - Ptarmigan Lake Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
#9 - Skyline Trail
Seward, Alaska
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 44 m
Beautiful views of the surrounding area. Also known as 'The Bowl'.Show more
#10 - Resurrection River Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 4 h 18 m
This trail leads you through spruce trees along the Resurrection River Valley. It is narrow in some places, maybe twelve inches wide. There is lots of up and down, but nothing too difficult. In addition, there are lots of protruding rocks and tree roots that could be hazardous. The trail is lightly maintained- just enough to keep it passable. It is beautiful, old-growth forest with lots of blueberries and Devil's Club.Show more
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