Guidebook

3 Epic Backpacking Routes on the Kenai Peninsula

Head deep into the Kenai Peninsula's backcountry on these 3 epic backpacking routes.

Greg Heil

Description

Alaska's Kenai Peninsula is over 90% wilderness and is home to majestic mountain ranges, crystal-clear lakes, beautiful fjords, and impressive glaciers. This majestic landscape is what most people think of when they say, "Alaska." Couple the towering mountains and gorgeous wilderness with the ease of access from Anchorage—Alaska's largest city—and the Kenai is one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the massive state of Alaska.

Most of the hiking trails on the Kenai Peninsula are old mining roads or trails, running for many miles over the low passes in the towering mountains. As such, these long-distance trails provide fantastic opportunities for epic backpacking adventures! In this guidebook, you'll find 3 of the most popular backpacking routes on the Kenai Peninsula.

When you head out into the backcountry, you should be prepared to be entirely self-sufficient. Bring plenty of water, food, rain gear, warm layers, and bear spray. The Kenai Peninsula is thick with bears and other wild Alaskan inhabitants, so always be bear (and moose) aware as you ride.

If you're willing to brave the Alaskan wilderness, you'll be richly rewarded with an otherworldly adventure! Ragged peaks rise above all the trails, their summits permanently capped in snow. Crystal-clear lakes dot the landscape along with babbling brooks and rushing rivers. In mid-summer, brilliant wildflowers cover the landscape, adding splashes of color to the green of the rainforest. The Kenai Peninsula is truly a sight to behold!

Lost Lake Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Lost Lake Loop

1 day +
51.9 km
2,178 m
2,178 m
A long loop covering some of the best singletrack on the Kenai Peninsula.
Difficult
Private
Johnson Pass
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP's Editorial team.

Johnson Pass

1 day +
36.7 km
1,197 m
1,231 m
A backcountry crossing of a low alpine pass surrounded by beautiful mountains.
Moderate
Private
Resurrection Pass

Resurrection Pass

1 day +
60.2 km
1,798 m
1,777 m
An epic backcountry point-to-point trail, renowned as one of the most beautiful on the Kenai Peninsula.
Difficult
Private