Gull Rock Trail

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

A 5.7 mile hiking trail (5.7 miles from the trailhead the trail is 5.1 miles from campground) along the south shore of Turnagain Arm from the end of the Hope Highway to a rocky peninsula. This trail has gradual ups and downs with occasional short, steep sections and travels through spruce/birch forest with numerous openings affording views overlooking Turnagain Arm and mountains beyond. This trail usually becomes snow free by early May.

Trail access is at mile 56.5, Seward Highway, turn west onto Hope Highway. Drive 17.8 miles and take a left 500 feet before Porcupine Campground, drive 1/4 mile to trailhead.

This trail is not recommended for horses or bicycles.

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: May - October
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles May 1- November 30. Closed to pack/saddle stock April 1- June 30.
Water: Streams
Restroom: Outhouse at campground
Operated By: Chugach National Forest

General Information


At Mile 56.5 Seward Highway turn west onto Hope Highway. Drive 17.8 miles to Porcupine Campground. Trail starts at the far northwest end of the campground.


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Camping & Cabins

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Viewing Wildlife

Beluga whales can be seen during high tides and outgoing tides from vantage points along the trail, and especially well from Gull Rock.

Areas & Activities


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5.7 miles

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  Elevation : 
620 feet elevation gain