Silver Lake Trail

Sterling, AK
Length: 1.60 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Silver Lake Trail meanders through the gentle rolling terrain of a mature Spruce forest and provides access to Silver Lake. The forest floor is open and lined with a thick covering of mosses and wildflowers. The trail is relatively flat, but a few short steep sections exist. The number of dead and down trees near the beginning of the trail is evidence of a recent Spruce Bark Beetle infestation.
SCENIC VIEWS: The end of the trail offers a nice view of Silver Lake and a few adjacent peaks of the Kenai Mountains.
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 Silver Lake.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Opportunities for wildlife viewing include moose, black bear, loons, beaver, muskrat, waterfowl and a variety of shorebirds.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: Access to Silver Lake during winter months with adequate snow cover is possible with snowshoes.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 50 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 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 9.4 on Swanson River Road, on the east side of the road.