Trail

Seven Lakes Trail

Cooper Landing, AK
Length: 8.80 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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From Kelly Lake Campground the trail follows along the lake before heading into the forest. In early spring and late summer the area along the lakeshore is often wet and muddy and boardwalks are slippery. After approximately 1-½ miles from the Kelly Lake trailhead there is a spur trail that goes to Hiker’s Lake. At approximately 2-½ miles from Kelly Lake trailhead there is a spur trail to Hidden Lake. The trail follows along the Engineer Lakeshore. Waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
SCENIC VIEWS: Excellent views of the lakes and mountains can be obtained along the trail.
CAMPING: There are areas suitable for camping along Kelly, Hikers, and Engineer
Lakes. Firewood is available, but backpacking stoves are recommended to
reduce impact. If day-hiking, take plenty of drinking water.
FISHING: Fishing can be fair to good in Kelly and Engineer Lakes. Rainbow trout are
present in both these lakes. Land-locked Coho (silver) salmon are also present in
Engineer Lake.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: This trail provides excellent opportunities to see wildlife, which
is especially abundant on and near lakes. Look for beavers along Kelly Lake and
songbirds and raptors in forested areas.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: The trail provides good snowshoeing and skiing opportunities
during winters with good snow cover. Ice fishing can be fair to good in Kelly and
Engineer Lakes.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 150 ft.
Carrier needed No
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
No

Trail highlights

Lake, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Shaded Hike, 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.

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Getting There

There are two trailheads for the Seven Lakes Trail; one is at Kelly Lake Campground along the Sterling Highway (mile 71.1); the other is at Engineer Lake Campground along Skilak Lake Road (mile 9.4 from the east entrance junction with the Sterling Highway). The trailheads are to the left of the boat ramps on these lakes.