Johnson Pass Trail North - INHT

Area Status: Open

The Johnson Pass Trail North is a segment of the longer Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT).

The entire Johnson Pass Trail is a 23 mile easy to moderate multi-use trail. The north trailhead is from mile 64 Seward Highway (east of Granite Creek campground) turn south on Forest Service signed gravel road and drive 1/4 miles to trailhead parking. The south trailhead is at mile 32.5 on the Seward Highway. Trail is mostly forested for the first 4 miles on the north end and first 10 miles on the south end. The higher middle section is mostly open subalpine terrain of meadows and brushy areas with views of nearby mountains. Elevation gains are gradual with a few steep sections. Snow can remain at higher elevations until mid June.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Best Season: June-October
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Johnson Pass Trail is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1- November 30. The north end to mile 3.6 is closed to motorized vehicles year round. Johnson Pass Trail is closed to pack/saddle stock April 1- June 30.
Water: Lakes and streams
Operated By: Chugach National Forest

General Information


North trailhead: At mile 64 Seward Highway turn south on short access road to trailhead.

South trailhead: Mile 32.5 Seward Highway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

Popular mountain bike trail best in early summer June-July after frozen ground melts and dries. By middle of summer tall grasses can impede travel in areas.

Dispersed Camping

Designated backcountry campsites, most include bear resistant food lockers.

Lake and Pond Fishing

At Johnson and Bench Lakes.

Ice Fishing


Horse Riding

Game Bird/Waterfowl


Access from the north via is Johnson Pass Wagon Road on the west side of trailhead parking area.

Access from the south is via winter trail, 1 mile upriver from railroad trestle at far end of Upper Trail Lake.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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entire trail is 23 miles

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  Elevation : 
1000 feet elevation gain