Kachemak Bay State Park Trails
1. Blue Ice Trail
Moderate • 6.5 miles from Glacier Spit Trailhead to the end of Blue Ice Trail.
If you want to touch a glacier this is your trail. Plan on an early start and a whole day. Start at Glacier Spit, take the spur trail to the tram, climb Foehn Ridge on the Emerald Lake Loop then follow the glacial moraine to the glacier. Be sure to stay on the trail on your return. You must climb Foehn Ridge to get back to the tram.
2. Humpy Creek Trailhead
Easy to moderate • 5.2 miles / Great trail to a beautiful salmon stream.
Start at Glacier Spit. Take the Grewingk Tram Spur Trail to the tram. The tram may require 2 people to operate, max wt. 500 lbs. Turn left and follow trail past blue pools of water to Humpy Creek.
3. Emerald Lake Loop
Moderate • 12.7 miles / This loop takes you on an adventure across glacial moraines, boreal forests, and up to the alpine. All along you will experience awesome views of Grewingk Glacier, Kachemak Bay and the Kenai mountains. Perfect for the backpacker.
4. Saddle Trail
Moderate • 1 mile one way.
This popular trail provides multiple switchbacks through steep forested terrain.
5. Glacier Lake Trail
Easy • 3.3 miles to Grewingk Glacier Lake.
By far the most popular day hike. Very little elevation gain. Walk through a boreal forest out to the glacial moraine. Follow cairns to the lake. Spectacular views. You can see, and hear, the ice calving off the glacier.
6. Lagoon Trail
Very Difficult • 5.9 miles / overgrown and has steep grades.
Plan on a day to travel the trail.
7. Alpine Ridge Trail
Moderate to difficult • 2 miles
For awe-inspiring views head south at the top of the Saddle Trail. Locals call this the “stairway to heaven.” Once you climb above tree line and are in the alpine, the trail disappears. Meander across open alpine; take in the sights and maybe a few blueberries if the season is right. Don’t forget your camera.
8. China Poot Lake Trail
Moderate • 2.8 miles / Short steep climbs.
This is uphill both ways, but well worth the effort. On your way you will pass two small lakes. Loons and blueberries will lead you to China Poot Lake at the base of Poot Peak. Take a fishing rod there may be a trout or two in the lake.
9. Coalition Trail
Moderate • 1 mile / Connects China Poot Bay with Halibut Cove Lagoon and China Poot Lake Trail.
10. Moose Valley Trail
Moderate to difficult • 6.7 miles / Long grades.
Take the China Poot Lake Trail to get to the Moose Valley Trail junction. This trail will lead you to the Moose Valley Cabin and to the south Poot Peak access trail. A favorite for backpackers and those looking for a backcountry experience.
11. Poot Peak Trail
Very difficult • 1.1 miles / North Route.
This trail leads vertical up the north side of Poot Peak. Expect some bushwhacking as this is rarely maintained. It’s the quickest way up. For the more experienced hiker.
Difficult • 2.8 miles / South Route.
For the less experienced hiker, try the south route. Connect to this trail beyond China Poot lake on the Wosnesenski Trail, or the Moose Valley trail. These trails lead to the top of Homer’s iconic peak. You get sourdough points for accomplishing this ascent.
12. Wosnesenski River Trail
Easy to moderate • 11.6 miles
You can start at China Poot Lake just past the bridge or start at the other end, Haystack Rock. This trail follows the Wosnesenski river and takes you through some beautiful Alaskan wilderness. This is a glacier fed river and is silty, so there are no fish in it. The trail has sweeping vistas of mountains, a spectacular view of a 600-foot waterfall, and groves of cottonwoods.
13. Sadie Knob Trail
Moderate, difficult in places • 4.5 miles
Sadie Knob Trail can be accessed at north Eldred trailhead and south Eldred trailhead. These two trails converge and continue on up to the Alpine. Great 360º views of Sadie Peak, across Cook Inlet, Kachemak Bay and Grace Ridge. A favorite of the few that hike it. Watch for mountain goats, black bear, and bald eagles.
14. Grace Ridge Trail
Moderate with some difficult long climbs • 9.1 miles
Start at either end, Kayak Beach or South Grace. A favorite of the athletic hiker. Follow the trail up to the alpine, continue on to the ridge. The trail turns primitive in the higher elevations. Spectacular views of the volcanoes across Cook Inlet and beyond.
15. Tutka Lake Trail
Moderate • 3.7 miles
This trail takes you to Tutka Lake and Tutka Lagoon Fish Hatchery. Follow along the shore, climb above Tutka Creek and end near Tutka Creek waterfall. Look for mushrooms in the late summer and fall.
Visit the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center to pick up a map.