Crescent and Carter Lakes

Seward, Alaska

Crescent and Carter Lakes

Crescent and Carter Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A trail traveling by subalpine lakes, with options for day trips or longer overnight treks in the Kenai Mountains. Crescent Lake, 6 miles long and 0.5 mile wide, wraps around the rocky alpine peaks of Wrong Mountain, in the shape of a narrow (you guessed it) crescent.

It’s brushy and subalpine at the east end, and partially forested with spruce and cottonwood on the south and west sides. Carter Lake is a smaller subalpine lake set in meadows, brush, and scatterings of weather-beaten mountain hemlocks."

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Hampton Bays, NY
Adventurer | 201 pts
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This was a memorable hike for us. To start prepare for some quick elevation gain. Very peaceful, clean, open and serene. Only made it to carter lake, rain was to much for us. Was treated to a ferret type animal running up to us. Very cute and friendly. Reminded me of sound of music switzerland
Brevard, NC
Adventurer | 220 pts
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We actually hiked on the trail last year (2005). My wife and I started the hike from the Seward Highway end of the trail. The first part of the hike is very steep, with numerous switchbacks. It's a good workout. Also, a lot of high brush and grass on portions of the trail, and it is bear country, so be sure to make noise.

But, the hike was wonderful. We only had time for a 1/2 day hike, so we stopped for a while at Carter Lake. It was incredibly beautiful and peaceful. The water in the lake was so clear and still that you could see good sized fish (grayling, perhaps) swimming on the bottom, even though we were standing on the beach.

We hope to do the trail from the Carter Lake end this August. But, if you are in decent shape and are looking for a nice hike, this will fit the bill.

Trail Information

Nearby City
1.5-18 miles
Several options
Trail Type
Best mid-June through early October.
Season & Limits
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District, PO Box 390, Seward, AK 99664; (907) 288-3178;
Local Contacts
USGS Seward C-7, B-7, and C-8; National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps