Skookum Lakes Trail

Sterling, AK
Length: 2.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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The trailhead is at mile 13.1 on Swanson River Road, on the east side of the road.
The trail passes through gently rolling hills, with no significant gain or loss in elevation. Trees along the trail are mainly spruce and birch. The trail passes Dabbler Lake and the Skookum Lake spur on the way to Drake Lake; the trail spur to Skookum Lake is approximately 1 mile in; Skookum Lake is about 1/8 mile from this junction.
Both Drake and Skookum Lakes are within the Dave Spencer Unit of the Kenai Wilderness, and wilderness regulations apply. The only views available from the trail are from the lakeshores of Drake and Skookum Lakes.

OTHER ACTIVITIES: Dabbler, Drake, and Skookum Lakes provide good wildlife viewing and birding opportunities.
Moose are present in good numbers, and bear, wolf, and coyote tracks can often be seen along the trail. Drake Lake is
a beautiful lake with several small islands. This lake provides nice canoeing, but please note that the trail is a 1-mile
WINTER ACTIVITIES: The trail is very suitable for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and dog sledding. Ice fishing
is possible on Drake and Skookum Lakes.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
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

Creek / River, Lake, Mud Puddles, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

There are lots of bears in this area so prepare accordingly.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is a pullout and a small parking lot at mile 13.1 on Swanson River Road.

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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