The northwestern end of the Kenai Peninsula  is accessible via the Sterling Highway, which joins the Seward Highway 37 miles north of Seward  and 90 miles south of Anchorage . The mileposts along the Sterling also start counting at 37 from this point. The Sterling Highway heads west through Cooper Landing  and Soldotna , then south all the way to Homer , a total of 143 miles.
Between the junction and Cooper Landing (Mile 49) are two Forest Service campgrounds along Quartz Creek Road. Quartz Creek Campground (www.recreation.gov , $18–28) is in a beautiful setting right on Kenai Lake. Crescent Creek Campground ($14) is three miles down Quartz Creek Road. A 6.5-mile trail climbs 1,000 feet from the Crescent Creek parking lot to Crescent Lake.