Gull Rock

Hope, Alaska

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A trail with loads of diversity: birch woods, overlooks with mountain and ocean views, tundra slopes, an avalanche gully (that can hold snow into June), and mossy forests of hemlock and Sitka spruce. 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.
Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)

A trail with loads of diversity: birch woods, overlooks with
mountain and ocean views, tundra slopes, an avalanche gully
(that can hold snow into June), and mossy forests of hemlock
and Sitka spruce. 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.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Hope
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best May to mid-Oct
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District, PO Box 390, Seward, AK 99664; (907) 288-3178; www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-8; National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Gull Rock

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