Skyline Trail

Sterling, AK
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

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Skyline Trail is a very strenuous route, which provides quick access to mountains in the Mystery Creek Unit of the Kenai Wilderness. The trail begins in forest and emerges above treeline in about ¾ of a mile; it gradually disappears about 1 ¼ mile from the trailhead in a beautiful alpine area. Hikes to the tops of several nearby
peaks are possible, but the area is steep and rocky. This hike is short, but difficult, and recommended only for hearty hikers. That being said, I have seen 6 year olds climb it with little issue who have hiked a good portion of their lives. Sturdy hiking boots are recommended.
SCENIC VIEWS: Spectacular views of the Kenai Mountains, the Kenai Peninsula lowlands and Cook Inlet are available above timberline. Mt. McKinley (Denali) is visible to the north from the mountains on clear days.
CAMPING: There are no established campsites along the trail, but a number of suitable camping areas can be found. Above timberline no firewood is available and backpacking stoves are a necessity. After snow melts, little or no water
is available.
OTHER ACTIVITIES: Berry picking above timberline can be good during late summer. During mid-summer wildflowers are abundant along the trail. Dall sheep, moose, and brown bear sightings are possible on this hike.
WINTER ACTIVITIES: The trail is too steep for skiing and presents challenging snowshoeing. Winter travel in the area is not recommended due to possible avalanche hazard.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 1,800 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Viewpoint and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

The parking area is on the south side of the road and the trailhead begins on the north side to the left of the guardrail.

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

Skyline trailhead is located at mile 61.0 on the Sterling Highway.