Caines Head

Seward, Alaska

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Caines Head, with an abandoned World War II army fort and exquisite bay views framed by coastal rainforest, offers a blend of historical curiosity and natural wonder. The area has great beaches, rock outcrops, and soaring coastal cliffs. The main access trail is not a trail at all but a beach walk that appears only at low tide. A fantastic side trail leads to alpine country. Look for a variety of seabirds, shorebirds, and songbirds en route, along with bald eagles, black bears, and spawning salmon. If the tides are wrong the only time you can go, consider launching a sea kayak and exploring this area from the water.

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"Caines Head, with an abandoned World War II army fort and exquisite bay views framed by coastal rainforest, offers a blend of historical curiosity and natural wonder. The area has great beaches, rock outcrops, and soaring coastal cliffs. The main access trail is not a trail at all but a beach walk that appears only at low tide.

A fantastic side trail leads to alpine country. Look for a variety of seabirds, shorebirds, and songbirds en route, along with bald eagles, black bears, and spawning salmon. If the tides are wrong the only time you can go, consider launching a sea kayak and exploring this area from the water."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Seward
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 2 days - 1 week
Season: late May-Sept.
Local Contacts: Caines Head State Recreation Area
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated “Kenai Fjords National Park and Surrounding Area”
Driving Directions: Directions to Caines Head

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May 2018