Thing to Do

Hike to Dumpling Overlook

A footpath through green tundra with expansive views of two lakes behind
A view from Dumpling Mountain

NPS Photo/A Ramos

A Challenge Worth the View

A hike to Dumpling Overlook offers expansive views of Naknek Lake, Brooks River, and Lake Brooks. A great get-away from the relative hustle and bustle of Brooks Camp, this moderately strenuous hike climbs 800 feet (244 m) over 1.5 miles. The trailhead is located in the Brooks Camp Campground. More adventurous hikers have the option to continue beyond the overlook to reach the summit of Dumpling Mountain (2440 ft/744 m), another 2.5 mi (4 km). The trail climbs through several habitat communities on its way to the summit including boreal forest, subalpine meadows, and alpine tundra.

Please note that beyond the overlook, there is no maintained trail.

As with all areas of the park, visitors should always be bear aware. We recommend hiking in groups and talking out loud to avoid startling a bear. More information about bear safety can be found on our website.

This moderate to strenuous hike is 3 miles round trip to Dumpling Overlook with longer options available.
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Those seeking to make this an overnight backbacking trip can obtain a free permit at the Brooks Camp Visitor Center. 
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time
Accessibility Information
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous

The hike to the overlook climbs 800 feet (244 m) over 1.5 miles. The trail has steep portions and can be overgrown in certain areas. Past the overlook, the summit is an additional 2.5 miles one way and there is no maintained trail. 

Katmai National Park & Preserve

Last updated: January 27, 2021