Skilak Lookout, Bear Mountain, and Vista Trails

Soldotna, Alaska

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A variety of hikes and terrain, with stunning views of the 15-mile-long Skilak Lake in the valley below. These three short trails climb to fine views of the Skilak Lake country and the Kenai Mountains. Skilak Lookout, directly above the lake, is a longer hike; Bear Mountain is a shorter hike with a good view, but it’s farther from the lake. Vista, farther west, looks out on the lake and the distant, wetland-dotted lowlands of the Kenai Peninsula. Don’t forget the binoculars for these hikes.

Skilak Lookout, Bear Mountain, and Vista Trails Professional Review and Guide

"A variety of hikes and terrain, with stunning views of the 15-mile-long Skilak Lake in the valley below. These three short trails climb to fine views of the Skilak Lake country and the Kenai Mountains.

Skilak Lookout, directly above the lake, is a longer hike; Bear Mountain is a shorter hike with a good view, but it’s farther from the lake. Vista, farther west, looks out on the lake and the distant, wetland-dotted lowlands of the Kenai Peninsula. Don’t forget the binoculars for these hikes."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Soldotna
Distance: 0.8-2 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best mid-May through early October
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Ski Hill Rd., PO Box 2139, Soldotna, AK 99669; (907) 262- 7021; www.fws.gov/refuge/kenai/
Local Maps: USGS Kenai B-1 (NW); National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Skilak Lookout, Bear Mountain, and Vista Trails

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May 2018