Resurrection Pass Trail System

Shuttle • 38.5 mi • 2400 ft

Hikers looking for a long trip, a good trail, mountain scenery, cabins, and fishing all at once will find them along the Resurrection Pass Trail. The most popular route, 38.5 miles between the Hope trailhead and the Sterling Highway, normally takes 3 days for strong hikers in good condition and 5 or more for families. It is one of few single track trails that makes a 2or 3-day mountain-bike ride, but the trail is very popular with hikers and there is potential for conflict. This route was traveled in the late 1890s by gold seekers coming from Resurrection Bay to the gold fields near Hope. Today it is a designated National Recreation Trail. Several access options create a variety of possible trips, and the trip can be linked to the Russian Lakes and Resurrection River trail system for a more adventurous hike of up to 70 miles. The main trail from Hope follows the wooded Resurrection Creek valley and quickly narrows to a well-maintained path that occasionally climbs in and out of side drainages. Above tree line, the trail is a narrow ribbon buried deep in wildflowers. Watch for moose, Dall sheep, marmots, and grizzly (brown) bears. Resurrection Pass itself is covered in low alpine tundra. The trail descends Juneau Creek valley through forests and beside mountain lakes to the Sterling Highway.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cooper Landing
Length: 38.5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 3-6 days
Season: June-Sept
Top Elevation: 2,600 feet
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated “Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Adjacent Chugach National Forest”
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