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    • Cooper Landing, Alaska

      Hike to the top of Slaughter Gulch

      5 mi / 2600 ft gain
      Slaughter Gulch Trail is a leg-busting 2600' ascent up Slaughter Mountain in Cooper Landing, Alaska. Covering only a few miles, the trail is steep and quite rocky in some places, requiring the use of trekking poles, all fours, or impeccable balance. Start off early at the small parking lot near t...
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    • Cooper Landing, Alaska

      Paddle on Kenai Lake

      I set off down the road towards “the lake I saw on the way in that was really blue”. From Seward, AK I knew that Kenai Lake was along State Highway 9, our only road out of town. It was deceiving to see the south end of the lake about 10 miles outside of Seward- but I found that the most accessibl...
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    • Cooper Landing, Alaska

      Hike Skilak Lookout

      5.0
      5 mi / 900 ft gain
      This was my very first afternoon in Alaska. By myself just meandering around the state by car with a map in my lap. Alaska - what a limitless place of adventure. For those who end up following me, I have a things for places with bodies of water surrounded by towering peaks - so off I was to find ...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Ice Climb Exit Glacier

      4.5 mi / 750 ft gain
      You could climb Exit Glacier a hundred times and never see the same crevasse twice. This glacier is constantly changing, so you never know what kind of climbing you're in for. If you're not an experienced ice climber, there are a couple of guide companies in Seward you could go with.The hike begi...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Hike Exit Glacier

      4.8
      It's hard to fathom how massive some Alaskan glaciers can be. But spend a day hiking along one and you'll start to get an idea of how much ice there is in Alaska. The Exit Glacier is a small tongue of glacier from the Harding Ice Field that comes down to almost sea level.Drive the Exit Glacier Ro...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Climb Mount Alice

      5.0
      3 mi / 5265 ft gain
      This hike starts at 0 feet elevation on the side of Resurrection Bay opposite of Seward. Travelling south from Anchorage, take a left turn onto Nash Road a couple of miles before getting into Seward itself. Follow Nash Road for a few miles, past campgrounds, etc. About a mile before reaching the ...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Backpack the Caines Head Coastal Trail

      4.3
      7 mi / 650 ft gain
      This hike begins near a family friendly visiting area, good bathrooms, and well kept parking lot. You will start out on a gravel path, which seems like it was created for horses, for about 1.5 miles until the path opens up to views of the ocean, mountains, and a bridge leading you over a river an...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Hike to Callisto Canyon Cabin

      4 mi / 500 ft gain
      Follow the signs south of Seward to Lowell Point. This is the trailhead. The first mile of the trail is about a mile long. You descend a well-maintained trail from the trailhead about 500 feet to the coast. Many people just hike this portion for a short trip to enjoy the beach.Once you reach the ...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Explore Kenai Fjords National Park

      5.0
      8.2 mi / 3000 ft gain
      None of Alaska’s eight national parks are easy to get to, but Kenai Fjords National Park is one of only three national parks in the state that can be accessed (partly) by road. It’s also the closest national park to Anchorage, which makes this an easier jaunt from the capital. While this park is ...
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    • Anchorage, Alaska

      Bird Ridge Trail

      5.0
      4.71 mi / 3248 ft gain
      The trail begins at sea level and winds its way through the forest gradually, occasionally allowing a peek at the Turnagain Arm behind you. Once out of the treeline, the trail becomes much steeper, around dirt and rocks, but with the summit in sight it's easy to continue on, despite that stingin...
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    • Anchorage, Alaska

      Rainbow Trailhead to Windy Corner Trailhead

      5.0
      3.76 mi / 1240 ft gain
      Rainbow Trailhead to Windy Corner Trailhead is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Hope, Alaska.
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    • Anchorage, Alaska

      Explore the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

      5.0
      You'll see tons of animals including bald eagles, bears, moose, muskox, lynx, reindeer, and wolves!  It's a conservation center so they have a great mission.  It is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the Chugach Mountain Range and the Turnagain Arm Inlet.   Open 7 days a week, 10 am t...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Hike Alpine Trail, Caines Head State Recreation Area

      3.0
      3 mi
      The Alpine Trail is only accessible via the Caines Head Trail System, located at Lowell Point. (Distance and elevation listed are for the Alpine trail itself, not for the coastal trail leading up to it. More info on those can be found here: http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/u... )From parking at Lowel...
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    • Seward, Alaska

      Kayak Aialik Glacier

      If you're visiting Alaska, you're probably there to see glaciers, and Aialik Glacier is worth the money and time to see. Imagine a towering 1.5 mile wide glacier surrounded by rugged peaks and a thick green forest rising from the blue water. The chance to spot whales, puffins, sea lions, porpoise...
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    • Anchorage, Alaska

      Hike Byron Glacier

      4.8
      To begin on this adventure, you first have to find the trailhead. Drive out on the highway to Girdwood, and turn left at the sign that says "Portage Glacier". Towards the end of the road, it Ys and you take a right, then another right. Follow this road, and the first parking lot on your right is ...
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    • Anchorage, Alaska

      Winter Hike to Portage Glacier

      6 mi
      This hike must be done in the deep of winter! Around February, Portage Lake is often frozen solid-solid enough to make walking safe.  Hikers, bikers, skiers, skijourers, and snowshoers will form a 3 mile trail out to Portage Glacier.  This trail is appropriate for children. For younger children, ...
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    Camping and Lodging in Cooper Landing

    Juneau Lake Cabin
    Cooper Landing, Alaska

    Juneau Lake Cabin

    Upper Russian Lake Cabin
    Seward, Alaska

    Upper Russian Lake Cabin

    Barber Cabin
    Seward, Alaska

    Barber Cabin

    Aspen Flats Cabin
    Seward, Alaska

    Aspen Flats Cabin

    Guides, Insights and Stories from Cooper Landing

    How to Make a Glacier Iced Cocktail in Alaska

    How to Make a Glacier Iced Cocktail in Alaska

    Katie Y

    An Alaskan Adventure: A Guide to Kenai Fjords NP

    An Alaskan Adventure: A Guide to Kenai Fjords NP

    Maggie Donohoo

    Exploring Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Exploring Northwestern Fjord in Kenai Fjords National Park

    Sonja Saxe