This hiking trail is one of Alaska's little gems. The trail leads you to a tree lined open forest area and the west end of Crescent Lake. There are two trails that lead to the lake and the Crescent Lake Hiking Trail is the easier of the two, featuring more gentle, drier pathways. There are numerous trees along the trail, making it a great fall hike. You can also climb the muddier area and walk through meadows of wildflowers, which is fun for kids and families. There is a cabin located on Crescent Lake and people love to hike back to it using the trail and stay overnight. Reservations for the cabin can be made with the U.S. Forest Service. You can take a rowboat across the lake to the cabin and it is also possible to fish in the lake. It is often possible to enjoy wildlife sightings including bear, sheep, and moose. You will be traveling through some thicker brush and it is a good idea to prepare yourself and observe wildlife safety rules. Located in Kenai are a variety of dining options including the Moose Pass Inn and the Exit Glacier Salmon Bake. If you would rather stay in town than in the Crescent Lake Cabin, choose from a few quaint hotels including the Inn at Tern, the Kenai River Drifters Lodge, or the Sunrise Inn.