Older books might have referred to this as the old Johnson Trail, but another trail of the same name on the Kenai Peninsula made it too confusing for them to both keep their names. This trail is the first of the trails available for hiking in the spring. It follows the highway, with mild elevation gains to allow awesome views of the Turnagain Arm (keep your eyes open for a bore tide), but is low enough to avoid the cold higher elevation tempertures. The trail traverses the south facing slope, and therefore is the first to melt and to become warm. The trail is accessible from multiple points along the Seward Highway. The Turnagain Arm Trail, ten miles south of downtown, traverses mountainsides above the Seward Highway for miles.
Distance: 9.3 miles