Hope Point Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

3.5 mile trail makes a great day hike, and adventurous hikers can fan out to other summits in the Kenai Mountains. Elevation gain is 2338 feet.

Per the 2002 Forest Plan horses and bicycles are prohibited on Hope Point Trail - due to steep grades and tight switchbacks. Winter travel is unsafe and not recommended due to avalanche hazards. No sources of water after the first 1/3 mile.


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Grades are moderate with many switchbacks (will be very slick when wet). Some scrambling is required to reach the actual summit.
Usage: Medium
Best Season: May-October
Busiest Season: Summer
Closest Towns: Hope
Water: no sources after first 1/3 mile
Restroom: New vault toilet at trailhead
Operated By: Chugach National Forest

General Information

General Notes:

Take plenty of drinking water as there are no sources of water. Think carefully about bringing a dog. Winter travel is unsafe and not recommended due to avalanche hazards.

Use caution with bear and moose. Giardia (a microscopic parasite that can infect warm-blooded animals and humans) could be present in all open water sources, filter surface water before drinking. Winter travel may be hazardous due to avalanches, and white out conditions above tree line. Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche hazards. Be prepared for rapid weather changes. Remember to pack out your trash. You can contact a U.S. Forest Service office to receive more detailed information on safety precautions and Leave No Trace outdoor skills and Ethics.


At Mile 56.5, Seward Highway, turn west onto Hope Highway.  Drive 17.8 miles, take a left 500’ before Porcupine Campground, drive ¼ mile to Trailhead.  Trail is closed to saddle/pack stock April 1 – June 30,  and motorized vehicles year round. 

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  Elevation : 
2338 foot elevation gain