Seven Lakes Trail

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
This hike was rated 2 stars.
Connects With
None - but lots of short and mostly easy hikes off of Skilak Lake Road:
Burney’s Trail
Bear Mountain
Hidden Creek Trail
Kenai River Trails
Skilak Lookout
Miles One Way
Miles from Anchorage
130; off the Sterling Highway on the Kenai Peninsula
All year; will be very muddy in sections during breakup. Use snowshoes in winter.


First off, a little truth in advertising; this is really only a 4 lakes tour. The trail was cut off due to Skilak Lake Road being built and there were 3 others north of the road. From north to south the 4 lakes are; Kelly, Hikers, Hidden, and Engineer. When I did this trail I hiked it south to north since where I camped was closer to the southern trailhead.

If I were to do this trail again, which I probably wouldn’t, I would only do Kelly to Hidden Lake as these 2 lakes have the most scenery. I didn’t have a good time hiking this trail as it breaks my number one rule for what makes a great hike; too much canopy. While the lakes are nice with great views, they’re not spectacular and there is no real shoreline (except Kelly) to sit and relax. If I lived in this area, I would probably use it for my weekday dog walks.

I’m not sure how the fishing is in these lakes.

About 3/4 of a mile in, I took a wrong fork and came upon a cabin. I have no information on this and whether it’s for rent or not. If so, it’s pretty secluded and looked like it was built pretty recently.

The following was added 12/13/06:

Bill Kent, Supv. Park Ranger for the Kenai Wildlife Refuge provided the following link for information on the cabin: Thanks for the help!

Important Information

If coming from the southern side (starting with Engineer Lake), you will come across a fork; take the left one. The right fork leads to a cabin and the shoreline.

If you plan on fishing, make sure you are educated on current regulations. Alaska takes wildlife management very seriously.

The Trail can get very muddy in sections if rain and probably should be avoided during breakup.


The entire Skilak Lake area is a great place to hang out, especially for families with small children (under 7). There are several great state campgrounds, easy trails but with great views, fishing, lots of wildlife, and some nice scenic overlooks. Skilak Lake is beautiful!

Topo Map

Seven Lakes Trail topo map

Comments on hiking Seven Lakes Trail

  1. Deanna Spears — July 15, 2016

    My husband and I started off really enjoying this hike due to the fact that it was right along Kelly lake. It was beautiful. However the deeper that we went the less impressed we were. The trail veered into the woods and stayed that way for the remainder of the trip. The roots in the trail was the worst part. We had to continuously look down so that we wouldn’t trip. This kept us from being able to look into the woods for any wildlife. Which we never saw any! We got 3 miles in and decided we were bored with it so we turned around. I probably wouldn’t recommend this trail to someone.

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