A hiker on the eastern section of the Kanatak Trail. Photo by Julia Pinnix/USFWS.

Lace up your shoes and follow in the footsteps of early Alaskans by hiking the five-mile-long Kanatak Trail in the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge. The historic route has been used for centuries to cross between the Pacific Ocean and Bristol Bay via Becharof Lake. People lived on the Pacific end of the trail as far back as 1,900 years ago, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Early Russian and American explorers continued to use the trail, which today is a primitive and remote route that all but guarantees a private journey.


Alexander Deedy formerly worked as the assistant editor and digital content manager for Alaska magazine.

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