Johnson Pass

Seward, Alaska

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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 Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: Seward
Distance: 10-23 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Access: Moderate
Season & Limits: Best mid-June through September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-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 C-6 and C-7; National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Johnson Pass

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2006
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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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May 2018