Trip at a Glance

 

Trip Highlights - Alpine Lakes, spruce forest, well-maintained hiking trails, and mountain views.

 

Trip Options Resurrection Pass Trail or Johnson Pass Trail. Cabin stays (if available - book early) or tent camping.

 

How much further is it? Res Pass = 38 miles, Johnson Pass = 18.

 

Level Easy

 

Best Dates Mid-June thru August

 

Price $995.00 for Johnson Pass and $1195.00 for the Resurrection Pass Trail


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Resurrection Pass trail alongside Juneau Lake in the chugach National Forest, Chugach mountains, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

"A fantastic trip -- one of the most enjoyable backpacking adventures of my life. The Kenai is gorgeous!"-- Mike Holding, NC. More testimonials --->

Kenai Peninsula: Resurrection Pass and Johnson Pass Trail

The Chugach Forest is the second largest national forest in the USA. This vast 5 940 000-acre area contains an impressive array of forests, rivers, mountains and glaciers. Wildlife patrol the region here, with moose, caribou, Dall sheep, mountain goats and both black and grizzly bear present.

 

Wolves may also be encountered, as can wolverine, river otters, marmots, and a host of other mammals, along with countless species of birds; bald eagles, ptarmigans, ducks, shorebirds and more. The Chugach has the greatest trail system in Alaska, and Johnson Pass Trail and Resurrection Pass Trails are two of the better backpacking experiences in the region. Enjoy some leisurely lakeside camping, revel in the amazing wildflower display of the lush Chugach forest, and explore the high mountain passes, scoping for wildlife.

 

Both Johnson Pass and Resurrection Pass trails were carved by the gold miner's of the late 19th century as they made their way north towards the gold fields of Alaska's interior. Similar in their terrain, both trips begin in the lush spruce forests of the Chugach, and gradually ascend through open meadows and traces of aspens stands toward the treeless tundra of the high alpine region. Both trips offer fantastic lakeside camping, and we spend more than a few days here, day hiking and exploring the surrounding ridge tops and relaxing in this alpine playground.

 

Juneau Falls, along Resurrection Pass Trail, Chugach mountains, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.

Juneau Falls, Resurrection Pass Trail.

Thunderous Juneau Falls of Juneau Creek plummet thru this narrow gorge along the Resurrection Pass Trail. Camping next to this spot is fantastic, with the sound of the falls and the creek coming out of the forest nearby. Click on the image for a larger version and to see more photos from the Kenai Peninsula.

 

Most lakes here offer good fishing. At 23 miles long, Johnson Pass trail is the shorter of the two, and usually makes a good four day hike. Campsites next to the cool waters of Bench and Johnson Lake are perfect for allowing day hiking and exploration of the surrounding alpine pass.

 

We allow for 6 nights on the trail on the more popular Resurrection Pass trip, climbing gradually towards the pass, continuing south and ultimately passing Juneau Falls, a magnificent roaring drop of water that plunges deep into the gorge before a final short and easy hike leads us to the trailhead at Sterling highway.

 

Hiking in Alaska is never easier than in the lush climes of the Kenai, and you'll definitely enjoy this fantastic adventure. These trips are perfect for those on a tighter budget than the fly in trips we do elsewhere, or those not yet looking for an off-trail adventure, but prefer the relative comfort of a maintained trail. It's also a great option for those folks who enjoy the woods, as much of the trip stays within the boreal forest. Spruce, aspen and Black Cottonwood trees grow tall here, and there's a wealth of exploration to do within their groves.

 

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