Routes and Destinations
The following route descriptions are not a complete listing. They are simply a sampling of the variety of trips available in the park and preserve. Many of these hikes could be expanded, linked together, or the descriptions used simply to get an idea of the terrain in order to plan your own unique trip. Regardless of how you chose to use them, thorough research and preparation will be important in creating your own safe adventure in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
Lakes Country North and south of Lake Clark stunning turquoise blue lakes stud the connection between the tundra and the Chigmit Mountains. Base camping, backpacking, and hiking options abound.
K. Jalone/NPS photo
Cook Inlet Coast
The park's coastline is across Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula. The coastal meadows and streams have world-class Alaska brown bear viewing and fishing.
Coastal Beach Hike: Silver Salmon Creek to Chinitna Bay
Did You Know?
Lake Clark is 1056 feet deep and covers 128 square miles. Thousands of years ago, the lake (and nearby Lake Iliamna) may have been open to salt water before being closed off by glacial outwash deposits.