Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General Information and Announcements

Please contact Kachemak Bay State Park to report problems or to file complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov or jason.okuly@alaska.gov.

Advisory: Trails in KBSP are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add one-third to your average hiking time.

Leave No Trace: Please practice Leave No Trace Ethics while hiking and camping. Pack out what you pack in.

Grewingk Tram is difficult to use. Park staff suggest a minimum of two people in party, one assisting by remaining on the platforms to pull on the rope, reversing process when first person across completes trip. Gloves are recommended.

Black Bears: Multiple individuals including sows with cubs have been sighted in the Grewingk Valley along the Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram, and Saddle Trails, and at Grewingk Lake on the southern end where people camp. Please be bear aware. Keep food in bear proof containers or with you. While hiking, give them their space if encountered. They are becoming more human habituated and large groups do not scare them off, especially if cubs are involved.Park staff ask the public to back away the direction you came, until out of sight, and wait until they move off the trail and away. This could take 20-30 minutes and possibly longer if there are cubs involved and they show signs of stress with human activity. These signs are moaning, huffing/woofing, jaw popping, stomping and following. Brown bears frequent the Humpy Creek Area. Please be bear aware while hiking and report all stress related and aggressive behaviors and/or encounters. Please call 907-399-2054. If contact from a charge and/or mauling occur, call 911.

Brown Bears: Brown bears frequent the Humpy Creek drainage, especially during the pink salmon run in July/August.

Trail conditions

China Poot Lake Trail: The trail is currently flooded in the China Poot Lake Valley at Mile 2 for 500 feet. Reports of knee deep water currently, and depths will vary depending on rain events and snow melt. The water is not swift moving. China Poot Lake Cabin is not in the flooded area and is accessible, depending upon water depth. Hip waders are recommended. Moose Valley Creek has changed course permanently and until the new channel is entrenched and stable, continuing flooding is expected.

Saddle Trail Construction: Starting in June, construction will begin on the last portion of the re-route between the Grewingk Valley and the Lagoon Trail and end by mid to late July. Work is being done by a contractor with small equipment with most of this activity off the existing trail. Some construction activity will be evident along the existing trail and short delays can be expected. Motorized equipment and four wheelers will be accessing the work site via the Glacier Lake Trail on a limited basis. Please plan accordingly when estimating hiking time from Glacier Spit to Saddle Trailhead.

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