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Tonsina Point Out and Back

Intermediate
 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Excellent out-and-back for trail running and hiking.


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4.4

Miles

7.0

KM

Out and Back

196' 60 m

High

8' 3 m

Low

442' 135 m

Up

442' 135 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Alaska State Park: $5 parking fee or annual pass.

Overview

A classic hike and trail run from Lowell Point out to Tonsina Point on a well-maintained trail. A couple of bridges and the beach at the point make for a scenic after work or day hike. Popular for salmon viewing as well once they start running.

Need to Know

Don't proceed further down the beach past the point unless you have intentionally timed the tides. Rising tides have trapped people on the wrong side of cliffed out sections.

Description

Park in the Caines Head State Park parking lot which requires a $5 fee or annual pass. Proceed out the back of the lot uphill onto a private dirt driveway. The trail quickly splits left (follow the hiker sign) and heads down doubletrack until peeling right and uphill. All intersections are clearly labeled. After this, the trail is well-graveled with pretty stream crossings and rolling hills. A little over a mile in the trail starts heading downhill, switchbacking down to the creek below.

At the bottom, the trail crosses the first of two bridges, with cool sections of boardwalk in between. Right around two miles, you'll see a pavilion, bear box, and outhouse for campers. Proceed a little further and you'll end up on the beach. Enjoy the view before you turn around and head back the way you came.

Caines Head and cabins are further down the beach, and it's possible to continue on depending on the tides (low tide only).

Flora & Fauna

Loads of salmon swimming up the stream when the run is occurring. Bears and Bald Eagles are the usual per Seward.

Contacts

Shared By:

Carleton L

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  4.6 from 5 votes

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Photos

Loads of sticks to chase on Tonsina Point
May 1, 2018 near Seward, AK
End of the trail at Tocina Point.
Aug 1, 2019 near Seward, AK
Tocina Point.
Aug 1, 2019 near Seward, AK
Trail overlooking Tocina Point.
Aug 1, 2019 near Seward, AK
Tonsina Creek Bridge #2
May 1, 2018 near Seward, AK

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Jul 29, 2020
Marc Daniel
With Mila — 9h 00m
Jun 27, 2020
WanderingAlaskan tourguide
Family camping trip at Millers Landing. Group of 13 people from ages 3 - 69. fun hike with lunch on the beach at the turnaround spot. 5.6mi — 4h 00m
May 3, 2020
Brian Bower
Beautiful! 4.4mi — 2h 30m
Sep 21, 2019
Sean Hardegree
Harbor seals, salmon 4.4mi — 2h 15m
Sep 9, 2019
Vincent Franzen
Active black bear on trail.
Jun 10, 2019
Jordan Tomberlin
took our time with our pups! love this trail, we go almost every time were in town! glorious views of both the lush forest and the bay! 4.4mi
Jul 17, 2018
Tahel Axel
Jun 29, 2018
Brianna S
Beautiful walk through lush forest with gorgeous mountain and water views at the end. 4.3mi