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Learn about some great self guided hikes near Miller's Landing!

Explore Seward, Alaska and the Surrounding Area 

Miller’s Landing is located just south of Seward on Lowell Point. From the edge of Exit Glacier to the race point of Mount Marathon, these hikes are a great way to experience the wilderness and majesty of our home!

Exit Glacier Trail

You can walk to the face of the glacier or up to an overview of the glacier, a 2 to 4 mile round trip.  The trails meander by the glacier run-off streams.  Seward Highway Mile 3, then 8 miles up the road to the parking lot.

Harding Icefield Trail

The 8.2-mile round trip Harding Icefield Trail is a spectacular day hike. The trailhead is off of Exit Glacier Trail and shares a parking lot. The top of the trail is a window to past ice ages – a horizon of ice and snow that stretches as far as the eye can see, broken only by an occasional nunatak, or lonely peak.

The trail is strenuous! Hikers gain approximately 1,000 feet of elevation with every mile. Allow at least 6-8 hours for the hike. Although the view from the top is well worth the effort, you need not hike all the way to the top to experience the wonders of this trail. A short hike up the trail affords impressive views of the valley floor and Exit Glacier’s terminus. Seward Highway Mile 3, then 8 miles up the road to the parking lot.

First Lake/Two Lakes Trail

First Lake is located behind AVTEC on 2nd Ave, access is thru the school parking lot.  There is a trail around the lake that meanders to another Lake up higher then down the other side of First Lake, a fun hike.  This is a salmon spawning lake, during the runs you can watch the salmon fighting up the creek to the lake.  There’s a picnic area with tables (bring lunch) and a creek that feeds the lake.

Iditarod Memorial & Waterfront Trail

Founder’s Park – on east end of Railroad – is the start of this waterfront trail.  The trail meanders from downtown thru the harbor area, around the Lagoon.  This part of the trail is paved & you’ll share it with the bike traffic.  You can continue (not well marked) north 1½ miles on Seward Hiway to Nash Road & the original Iditarod Trail.

The Iditarod Trail (original serum run) starts on north side of mile 2 Nash Road (look to the north of the road: there’s a monument at the trailhead).  This goes 4 miles to Bear Lake, from there it’s being re-established – will eventually go to Girdwood!

Lost Lake Trail

The Lost Lake Trail:  An excellent hike with beautiful scenery.  Fish in the backcountry or camp off the trail near Lost Lake.  In the winter the alpine area is an excellent place to ski, snowboard, or snowmobile.

Seward Highway Mile 5 at Lost Lake subdivision – up gravel road, follow signs to parking.  The other end of this trail is the Primrose Trail, access at Seward Highway Mile 17 – campground is 1.5 miles in.  5 to 7 hours hour traverse.

Mount Marathon Race Trail or Jeep Trail

The Race trail starts at the west end of Jefferson Street, loops up and around at the 3,000 foot level and joins the trail to end where you started.  Very steep, don’t stray off the trail; the pay-off is a stunning view of Resurrection Bay. The Jeep trail is a slightly easier hike with access to alpine meadows & waterfalls up the northwest flank of Mount Marathon.  The trail starts from 2nd Ave at Monroe and climbs up and around the mountain through some thick vegetation, then above tree-line for fantastic vistas.

resurrection Bay area map for self-guided hikes

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