Johnson Pass

Seward, Alaska 99664

Johnson Pass

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A popular overnight hike in the Kenai Mountains through alpine
with two backcountry lakes and options for out-and-back or
thru-hikes from north or south trailheads. One of the easier overnight hikes on the Kenai, Johnson Pass makes a good, longer family backpack with kids who can carry their own gear. Think of it as a shorter Resurrection Pass hike without the cabins.

One of the easier overnight hikes on the Kenai, Johnson Pass makes a good, longer family backpack with kids who can carry their own gear. Think of it as a shorter Resurrection Pass hike without the cabins. There is good camping and decent fishing at both Bench and Johnson Lakes, which are less than a mile apart on opposite sides of gentle, alpine Johnson Pass. Steeper, cross-country hiking into the higher country from Bench Lake is excellent, though best in the first half of the summer before the brushy vegetation has grown up."

Johnson Pass Trip Reports

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6/19/2006
beautiful hike, pretty lakes and waterfalls. the trail is good too, flooded in several places though. can get muddy, and in one spot the creek totally moved around the bridge, so the bridge just crossed a dry ravine. but the valley is vast, much wildlife and great camping spots all over.
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Trail Information

Seward
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
10-23 miles
Distance
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Access
Best mid-June through September
Season & Limits
Waterfalls
Features
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District, PO Box 390, Seward, AK 99664; (907) 288-3178; www.fs.usda.gov/ chugach/
Local Contacts
USGS Seward C-6 and C-7; National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps

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