Resurrection River Trail

Area Status: Open

A 17 mile hiking trail from Exit Glacier Road to Russian Lakes Trail. This trail travels through dense spruce/hemlock forest the entire way with only occasional views of the river valley and mountains.   Beyond Martin Creek (mile 4.5) the trail becomes narrow and rough with areas of mud. There can be heavy brush and downed trees impeding travel. There are no bridges at the major stream crossings of Martin, Boulder and Upper Summit Creeks and numerous smaller creek crossings also do not have bridges. Travel on this section of trail is for those who seek risk and solitude, are self-reliant and want a challenge.

Not Recommended For Bicycle, Horse, Children, Dog Sled, Skiing Or Snowmobile.

Winter activities are limited. Winter travel is difficult due to steep icy side hills and deep tree wells where snow does not collect due to the dense canopy.

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At a Glance

Restrictions: Resurrection River Trail is closed to motorized use from May 1- November 30. Resurrection River Trail is closed to pack/saddle stock from April 1- June 30.

General Information


At mile 4 Seward Highway turn west onto Exit Glacier Road and travel 8 miles to trailhead parking. Only the first mile of Exit Glacier Road is plowed in winter.

Recreation Map

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Dispersed Camping

Day Hiking

Fairly level trail through dense temperate rainforest with large old growth Sitka spruce. Occasional views of Exit Glacier through openings along the beginning of the trail.


Challenging hike on the 12-mile-long upper section of this trail. Must be able to safely ford large creeks.

Can be combined with Russian Lakes Trail for 32 mile through hike to Russian River Campground, or 21 miles to Cooper Lake Road.

Recreation Areas

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