Gull Rock

Hope, Alaska

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To enjoy an easy trail with intermittent views of the ocean, take this woodsy path to Gull Rock along the southwest side of Turnagain Arm. Watch for moose on land, beluga whales in the water, and bald eagles in the air. The views of the Arm and the mountains beyond are especially nice in spring and fall when the trees bordering the trail are free of leaves. Hikers of any age will appreciate this gentle trail. The trail, an old wagon road built in the late 1920s, leaves the Hope area and parallels Turnagain Arm west for 5.1 miles. Although today’s trail ends at Gull Rock, the wagon road—no longer maintained or free of brush— once connected with the broad flat area west of the Kenai Mountains, where a tractor trail now follows a natural gas pipeline from the Swanson River oil field to a crossing of Turnagain Arm. The reminders of earlier days are fascinating: the remains of a cabin and stable on Johnson Creek near the end of the trail, a mossy old bridge that once crossed the creek, and the ruins of a sawmill.

Gull Rock Professional Review and Guide

"To enjoy an easy trail with intermittent views of the ocean, take this woodsy path to Gull Rock along the southwest side of Turnagain Arm. Watch for moose on land, beluga whales in the water, and bald eagles in the air. The views of the Arm and the mountains beyond are especially nice in spring and fall when the trees bordering the trail are free of leaves. Hikers of any age will appreciate this gentle trail.

The trail, an old wagon road built in the late 1920s, leaves the Hope area and parallels Turnagain Arm west for 5.1 miles. Although today’s trail ends at Gull Rock, the wagon road—no longer maintained or free of brush— once connected with the broad flat area west of the Kenai Mountains, where a tractor trail now follows a natural gas pipeline from the Swanson River oil field to a crossing of Turnagain Arm. The reminders of earlier days are fascinating: the remains of a cabin and stable on Johnson Creek near the end of the trail, a mossy old bridge that once crossed the creek, and the ruins of a sawmill."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hope
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 4-7 hours
Season: May-Oct
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Seward D8
Driving Directions: Directions to Gull Rock

Recent Trail Reviews

7/10/2006
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Great trail for the mid-late season, can be covered with snow into June. Flat, through dense forest with intermittent views of Turnagain Arm. The view back into Turnagain Arm at the end of the trail is gorgeous, and can see Cook Inlet and the Kenai Peninsula. We hiked with our black lab and camped at the head of the trail. One can also camp at the end of the trail to make an overnight out and back. Would definitely recommend this trail for a different perspective of Turnagain Arm and surrounding areas.



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