Kachemak Bay State Park
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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.
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Kendra6340
26 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Beautiful park with well maintained trails. I did extensive research on hiking to the Grewingk Glacier Lake and hike back out on Saddle Ridge. I was with my 20 year daughter and was concerned about being in such a remote place by ourselves. Also I’d seen reviews that said Saddle Ridge was difficult and I didn’t want to get myself in a bad situation. I don’t do “difficult” trails…then other reviews say it’s more moderate. Here’s my honest opinion so if any of you are conflicted like I was, it may help you to decide.

I am 45 year old woman, 5’10” and 250 … moderately used to physical activity but not an avid hiker. When I do hike I prefer to do it with at least one pole and I heavily recommend poles for this trek.

We were dropped off on the beach by Mako’s taxi ($92 each) at 10:00 with a 3:00 taxi booked for return, hiked 3/4 mile on the beach to the trail head. Then 4.5 hike through the woods the lake. Trail is well maintained but some areas require constant watching of the path due to roots, mud, and i large rocks. Flat and easy hike, we kept a fast pace the entire way.

There is a pit toilet at the lake, no TP and smells horrific but does the job.

Spent some time at the lake and ate lunch. Considerably colder here so layers went back on as soon as we arrived. Hiked 1/2 mile back up to the Saddle Ridge trail.

All the reviews really scared me about this 1.5 mile section. There is a moderate elevation gain, path is smooth, less rocks. This is where we saw bear poop on the trail a bit. Lots of soft grasses to bed down in and it was noticeable where they were resting.

The treacherous part is the 1/2 mile descent to the rocky pick up point. Switchback turns that even with poles were difficult to navigate because it’s so muddy. My daughter had mega hiking boots and I was wearing duck boots. My boots didn’t give me enough traction, I can’t imagine doing it in tennis shoes. We had to concentrate on every step in this area but the view going down is amazing. This section took about an hour and we stopped a lot to take pictures.

Overall distance for us based on where we were dropped on the beach was 5.77 miles with approximate 400 ft elevation gain.

This is by far the best hike we did, I absolutely recommend it and will do it again on my next trip!
Written August 29, 2022
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ScaryD
12 contributions
Jul 2021
Really wonderful hike that is fairly easy to manage as the trails are very well groomed. The only downside is having to pay $40 per person each way for a water taxi to get your to Glacier Spit trailhead and pick you up at Saddle Trail. But bite the bullet and pay the money as once you get to the trail, you will forget about spending the money. Right where we were dropped off on the beach, two bald eagles were sitting in a couple of trees right on the beach, making for some great pictures. We went at 7:30am so was only us and one other person. Very quiet. As many mentioned, you will see a lot of bear scat (we only saw black bear scat) so you do have to always remain aware. But as long as you stay vigilant and keep your group together, you will be fine. We included the hike down to the hand tram so that we could just go out across the river on it. Nobody around at that time of the day so was very peaceful. The hike to glacier lake is a very slight incline most of the way that is hardly noticeable. When you end the hike and head down Saddle Trail, you will be surprised at the elevation gain you made walking to the lake as it does not feel like it. But as many state, the hike down is more slow going but easily manageable. The experience at the lake was extremely peaceful and beautiful. Take a towel with you and experience a polar plunge into a VERY cold lake. We were in the park a total of 5 hours which was plenty. You can take your time and enjoy the pace, even with the extra two miles to the hand tram. Definitely recommend the hike, but do it early as when we were leaving, crowds of folks were showing up.
Written July 20, 2021
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kht53
Colorado Springs, CO310 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
If you take a water taxi ( truenorthkayak@gmail.com) from Homer Spit across the water, you can enjoy a beautiful 4-5 hour 3+ mile hike adventure to the lake at the base of the Grewingk Glacier and you should!. There are several water taxi options for the 30 minute crossing. Look online for maps to find hiking trail options, as there is nothing but pristine natural beauty and trails and some signage and 2 outhouses at this state park. The taxi will drop you at the Glacier Spit Trail shoreline and pick you up from the Saddle shoreline at a pre-determined time, Be aware the end of the Saddle gets steep and a bit treacherous compared to the rest of the trail. Whatever trails you choose, make sure you see the lake. The glacier appears as a true river of ice in the distance, and the lake is covered with a variety of ice sculptures, ice chunks that have broken loose from the glacier. You can hear the water sounds under all the ice sculptures. Peaceful must-see beauty.
Written September 7, 2021
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zümi
Houston, TX305 contributions
Sep 2022
I spent about 5 hours in the park, hiked to the glacier lake and up the Alpine trail, both nice hikes, the latter one goes steeply up through overgrown trail and nice views. I took the 10am ride, so not too many people on the trails, but when we were leaving, the glacier lake was quite busy. I definitely want to come back and do more hikes.
Written September 14, 2022
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Katy T
Minneapolis, MN20 contributions
Jul 2021
The water taxi takes you out here to the trailhead of the Glacier Lake Trail. Easy, mostly flat hike, with a 2 mile (out and back) detour to the Grewingk Hand Tram, which was really cool. Glacier Lake is beautiful! Make sure you have at least 4 hours to do all of it, which is usually the amount of time between your drop off and pickup times from the water taxi.
Written July 23, 2021
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Holly V
Fennville14 contributions
Jul 2022
We took a water taxi fro K2 Kayaks to the state park and saw an eagle first thing on the beach. The hike is beautiful and a manageable hike for someone like me who doesn't have great knees. The hike at the end is very steep and I recommend a walking stick for that; but the tree roots make steps for most of this end.
Written July 18, 2022
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Karen K
Scarsdale, NY10 contributions
Aug 2021
We loved this day trip. We took a water taxi from homer spit to kachemak bay state park. We got dropped off at grewink glacier and hiked to grewing lake (gorgeous lake with icebergs). The hike was so amazing that we continued up alpine ridge... we ended up at saddle cove at the end of a tiring but amazing hiking day!!
Written August 29, 2021
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Pam R
Mound, MN71 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Took Mako taxi to the Park. Trail to the lake was very flat and easy...saddle trail was much prettier and had a lot of switchbacks ( and mud)! The most challenging part was the rocky beach at the pick-up point. No wildlife sightings.
Written May 17, 2021
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Dale
3 contributions
Jul 2020
Our family had a wonderful afternoon with Garret and Douglas with Bay Excursion water taxi. They customized a trip for us that included a wildlife tour and taxi to the trailhead for the lake below Grewingk Glacier. Beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife
Written July 19, 2020
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Alaskan Glamping
Homer, AK22 contributions
Feb 2021
Hiking here takes you into the wild at the first step off the water taxi. Make sure you are prepared for any outcome. The trails are maintained by a small trail crew in the summer and by volunteers in the winter and saddle seasons. Your water taxi service may have the latest up to date information on trail conditions.

There are cabins and yurts that can be booked ahead of time online with the state parks. You are likely to get wet feet so extra socks are advisable.

Along these trails you can get unforgettable views of glaciers, lakes, bays, islands and mountain valleys. Be aware of wildlife using the trails too. You will encounter bear scat along the trail... so don't step in it and keep an eye out for bears.

Happy travels!
Written February 9, 2021
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