Forest Lake Trail

Sterling, AK
Length: 0.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The trail descends gradually to Forest Lake, although there is a short steep section near the lake. The trail crosses through the footprint of two previous wildfires. The beginning of the trail burned in the 310,000 acre wildfire of 1947 and the end of the trail burned in the 79,000 acre fire of 1969.

CAMPING: There are no designated camping sites along the trail. Boil, filter or chemically treat all lake water.
FISHING: Rainbow trout and Coho (silver) Salmon can be found in Forest Lake. Check current fishing regulations.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Portaging a canoe to Forest Lake is relatively easy and may increase fishing success and wildlife viewing opportunities. Moose, black bear, snowshoe hare, common and artic loons, shorebirds, beaver and
muskrat may bee seen in the area.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: The trail is suitable for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing during winters with adequate snow cover.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 60 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, Mud Puddles, and Wildlife Viewing

Trail Contributor

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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

The trailhead is located at mile 10.4 on Swanson River Road, on the west side of the road.