Gull Rock Trail

OutAndBack • 10.2 mi • 1200 ft

A long day hike or overnight trip to a prominent point along the south coast of Turnagain Arm. The trail crosses the forested slope above Turnagain Arm to Gull Rock, a prominent headland that projects well out into the arm. This is one of the earliest hikes to open on the Kenai Peninsula in the spring. Watch for mountain bikes; the trail is popular with bikers, and the narrow trail dips and twists enough that visibility is limited. The trail is a popular hike or ride for campers at the Porcupine Creek Campground. The Gull Rock hike is loaded with variety: leaf-carpeted birch woods, bluffs with mountain and ocean views, small streams gushing through quiet forest, a pretty talus and tundra slope, an avalanche gully that can hold snow into June (take care crossing it), and dark, mossy forests of hemlock and Sitka spruce. The trail crosses several small creeks, but the only large stream is Johnson Creek, about 0.3 miles from the end of the trail. Special features: Coast and forest scenery, historic interest.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Length: 10.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Mid-May to early October
Trailhead Elevation: 100 feet
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-8, Trails Illustrated Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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