Additional Self Guided Hikes

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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

Cancellations & Rescheduling

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    • A $10 cancellation fee is imposed for all reservations cancelled.
    • Cancellations must be received by email only to [email protected] The cancellation notice date is the date the email was received at [email protected]  Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
    • Cancellations received by email 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a refund of 90% of the total amount of the reservation.
    • Cancellations received by email 15 to 29  days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation charge and you will receive a 75% refund. of the total amount of the reservation.
    • Cancellations received by email 14 days to zero days prior to arrival are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a 50% refund only if we are able to rebook  your camping, cabin, fishing, kayaking, watertaxi, shuttle, lunch, or activity. If we are not able to rebook your reservation then no refunds will be issued and. You must call or e-mail Miller’s Landing post date of cancelled stay in order for us to research whether or not your site booked. Sites that were booked of course qualify for the 50% refund, sites that were not unfortunately do not.
    • In some situations a raincheck worth 75% of your reservation may be issued at the discretion of Miller’s Landing management instead of the applicable cancellation charge. If this option appeals to you please suggest this at the time of cancellation. Rainchecks are good for one year and may be used for activities, camping or lodging owned by Miller’s Landing or towards the cost of hats, tee shirts, gifts, etc. sold in the Miller’s Landing store or items sold online. For items purchased online the customer is expected to pay for the cost of postage. Rainchecks may NOT be transferred to another person.
    • A 100% refund will be issued for any activity that was cancelled due to weather by Miller’s Landing. Miller’s Landing reserves the right to determine weather cancellations. Rain does not constitute cancellations.

    Please note:  Miller’s Landing encourages only guaranteed prepaid reservations. Unlike many other states, Alaska has  a very short tourist season which can make it  difficult for us to rebook when we have cancellations without ample notice.  

    If you are booking a charter and lodging and your charter , water taxi or kayaking is cancelled due to weather you are still responsible for the lodging or camping reservations and the normal cancellation policy applies. All of our activities are possible during rain, so rain does not constitute a cancellation.  Miller’s Landing is not responsible for vehicle break downs, personal emergencies, flight delays,  health issues or other unforeseen hardships.  We will try very hard to work with you but the cancellation policy will need to be applied  if we cannot issue a raincheck or find an alternative solution that appeals to both parties.

    Please understand that Miller’s Landing also incurs a hefty financial merchant fee from our bank  for the cost of charging your credit card and again for the cost of refunding it, and there is also a cost involved for the time involved in processing and refunding your reservation in employee costs. Our goal when taking your reservation is to have a solid, guaranteed prepaid reservation. We strongly discourage the practice of making reservations without having an airline ticket or making tentative reservations.  Thank you for your understanding.