Bear Mountain Trail

Cooper Landing, AK
Length: 1.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 2    Average: 3.5/5]

Bear Mountain trail is short, and gains elevation quickly. The trail passes through spruce forest at its beginning, but soon opens up to scattered alder patches. The trail ends at a rocky outcropping. Sturdy hiking shoes are recommended.
SCENIC VIEWS: At the end of Bear Mountain Trail are spectacular views of the Kenai Mountain Range and the Kenai River Basin. Bring your camera and binoculars.
CAMPING: Areas suitable to tent camping are available on top of Bear Mountain. Please use a backpacking stove to reduce impact. Carry water, as none is available.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Wildflowers can be seen in profusion during the summer months. This is also a good area for viewing wildlife.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: The trail provides snowshoeing opportunities during winters with sufficient snow cover.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 400 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception None
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Lake, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

[Total: 2    Average: 3.5/5]

Lacey Stock is the Kenai Peninsula Branch Ambassador (16,000 square miles) in Alaska for Hike it Baby. She is also a volunteer on the Technical Support Team and Calendar Team for Hike it Baby. She has visited 49 out of the 50 United States and hopes to hit Hawaii in the near future. She has enjoyed hiking all her life and hopes to instill that same value and love in her three daughters (Rebekah (6), Hannah (4), and Esther (2).) Originally from Katy Texas (Near Houston), she now resides in Nikiski Alaska. Lacey owns her own yoga studio and volunteers on two local boards (Kenai Little League and Nikiski Senior Service Area). She also is a fulltime college student currently with a Associates of Technology in Process Technology and pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Social Sciences with concentrations in Anthropology, Government & Political Science, and Economics. She is a homeschooling mom as well and loves to take her kiddos on “fieldtrips” around the country where you can almost always find them hiking during the trip.


Trail Map

Getting There

Bear Mountain Trail is located on Skilak Lake Road, 6.0 miles from the east entrance junction with the Sterling Highway. It is approximately 2.4 miles east of Upper Skilak Campground and 2.4 miles west of Hidden Lake Campground.