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“We saw bears there” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kachemak Bay State Park

Kachemak Bay State Park
Alaska, Homer, Homer, AK
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$625*
and up
Ranked #9 of 45 things to do in Homer
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Kayaking, Viewing wildlife, Fishing
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Owner description: This enormous state park, largely unexplored wilderness, includes glaciers, rivers and waterfalls and offers a 10-mile coastline strip that is excellent for fishing and kayaking. Wildlife sightings include puffins, eagles, sea otters, seals, porpoises and whales.
Miami, Florida
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“We saw bears there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Very nice state park, we hiked to a glacier. Just be sure to bring a bear spray or go with a group of people. We saw bears there and we were all but alone - two adults and a kid.

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Plymouth Meeting PA
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“Hike to Glacier Lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

We took Mako's water taxi over to the park to the Glacier Lake Trail trailhead. It was about a 5 mile hike across two different terrains back to Halibut Cove for a pickup. The first part to Glacier Lake was a little boring, but the sudden view of the lake with the glacier and ice floes is amazing. Hang there for a while, and if you're smart, have a little picnic. The trail down is more exciting, over a saddle in the mountains and down to the sea. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathyu/sets/72157634464741079/ is the link to my Alaska set on Flickr. For the old school slide show, select the first picture, select 3 dots on lower right, select slideshow.

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“Hike to Grewingk Glacier”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We are avid hikers, so we did the all day hike out to the Grewingk Glacier - we took the water taxi across the bay, used the hand-powered tram to cross the river, then hiked up and over the big hill and all the way out to the glacier. On the way back, we took the side trail up to Grewingk Glacier Lake, and finally ended our day at the Saddle Trailhead. I think the total mileage was 14 miles. We didn't see anyone else on the long section out to the glacier itself, but there were plenty of people at the Glacier Lake.

Very cool to see this glacier. The bergs in the lake make noises as they melt and fall apart and rollover in the water. That is quite dramatic.

We wore mosquito nets over our heads during the morning, and were quite glad to have that protection. When afternoon came around and the sun warmed things up, all the mosquitos disappeared

Visited June 2013
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“Wonderful glacier lake”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Took Mako taxi across to Katchemak bay. The trail was easy just there was bear poop in so many places that it scared us because it was just my husband and I. There were not many people on the trail which is private but scary because of the bears. The Mosquitos were an issue. Do take deet spray. We had Mosquito bites all over our body. But oh once we reached the glacier lake what a beauty! Blue floating ice and the glacier itself was beautiful. From the glacier lake to Sadie's cove the trail is much more greener and prettier.

Visited June 2013
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“Worth the water taxi ride”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

For some of the most amazing hikes in Alaska, take a water taxi from Homer Spit across Kachemak Bay. Mako's water taxi is a great value. Take the Glacier Lake hike and be astounded at the beauty of the icebergs floating in an ice-cold lake nestled up in the mountains. Don't step in the bear poop on the trail and make lots of noise!

Visited June 2013
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