The Skilak Lookout trail is a moderate half-day hike that brings you to sweeping 360 degree views of the Skilak Lake area. The trail head is approximately 1.5 hours from Seward and 2.5 hours from Anchorage, Alaska.
- Round Trip: 5 miles
- Start elevation: 700 feet
- End elevation: 1,400 feet
- Trail head: Turn south off of Sterling Highway at mile 58 onto Skilak Lake Road. The Skilak Lookout trail head is on the south side of the road at mile 5.5. The parking area is on the north side of the road.
Most of the Skilak Lookout trail was in good condition in late June. It does pass through some wet and muddy areas, which I would imagine worsen in the shoulder seasons.
As with many of the trails in the area – there are bears! So make noise around blind corners and bring bear spray.
The trail starts in a dense forest which quickly thins out. It then passes through the Hidden Creek burn area that occurred in 1996, which burned over 5,000 acres.
We passed this neat-o wasp nest on the way up:
Super cool UNTIL I GOT STUNG TWICE ON THE WAY BACK. I haven’t been stung in a while as Colorado doesn’t have bugs. Reason #458 I like Colorado. It kinda hurt..
Lots of wildflowers – beautiful and lacking wasp-like aggression:
The hike seems to abruptly end at a granite outcrop. You are rewarded with excellent views of the Kenai River area.
Views from the Skilak Lookout:
We ate lunch and then headed back to the car. Dan fished the rest of the day at the Russian River Campground. He caught a rainbow trout!!
We cooked it over the campfire in foil with some spices.
It was delicious. The end.