Devil's Pass - Summit Creek Loop

Route: Devil's Pass & Summit Creek Loop Distance: 21+ miles Location: Kenai Peninsula, 80 mi. south of Anchorage Difficulty: Trail is not difficult, but because of the length & season, we'll be hiking FAST (3 mph). Bring a headlamp. Carpooling: We'll meet at the Carrs Huffman Coffee Shop with the intent of leaving at 7:30 AM, since we have a long drive ahead. We'll stage vehicles at the two trailheads which are 3 miles apart. From the Alaska Hike Search Website: Most of the trail is wide and smooth, which is nice because you can really focus on the scenery. This is one of the few hikes in the Chugach National Forest that you don't have to walk under canopy for many miles before getting great views. The trail basically goes up a deep "V" notched valley with lush forest slowly converting to tundra as one goes higher. The trail follows the upper ridgeline of one side of the valley (it switches over to the other side the last 2 miles). Midway is a waterfall. Because you're up high, you get great views of the valley and the surrounding Kenai Mountains. The scenery is awesome and non-stop and gets better and better as you climb up. The views look great coming down as well. Eventually, as you get into tundra, the valley opens up and you are officially at the Pass. The Pass is filled with a lot of tussocks but the trail makes the passing smooth. You then come on Devil Lake which is a megopolis for beavers! The following was submitted by Jessica N. regarding the Summit Creek/Devil's Pass Loop: I did the Devil's Pass/Summit Creek loop hike 8/17/06, starting from the Devil's Creek Trailhead. The hike up to the pass was gorgeous with tons of berries along the side of the trail. The trail wasn't too muddy and the views are amazing. Tons and tons of marmots up by the lake. I had a bit of trouble finding the turn off for the Summit Creek trail and ended up hiking an extra hour past the junction (ah well, more great views). Here's a hint: When hiking north on the Resurrection Pass trail, look for a little side trail cutting back and to the right. It is just BEFORE the "Resurrection Pass 2,600 feet" wooden sign. If you get to the sign, you've missed it. The Summit Creek trail had even better scenery than Devil's Pass. It was pretty overgrown once you get out of the tundra (still easy to follow, but prepare to get soaked if it has recently rained!) and VERY muddy (I ended up with mud to my knee with one misstep!). The best part about this hike was that, in 11 hours, I saw three other people! Definitely a must do hike for anyone headed to the peninsula!

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  • Jennifer D.

    Due to a snowstorm, and lack of trail, we were unable to connect the dots between Summit Creek Trail & Devil's Pass Trail. Instead, we hiked out & back on both trails, about 18 miles total. Neat to see the great difference in terrain between the two trails, only 3 miles apart from each other.

    October 8, 2007

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    A former member

    We weren't able to do the loop hike because there was too much snow on the Summit Creek trail and we lost the trail after two hours in. So we turned around to hike Devils Pass trail instead. What's amazing is that the condition in Devil's Pass trail is quite different from Summit Creek trail even though those two trails are only three miles apart. We finished around 7PM. It was a long walk.

    October 7, 2007

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