Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements

Please report problems, file complaints, or complements at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park 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. We 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

Bears: Multiple individuals including sows with cubs have been sighted in the Grewingk Valley along the Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram and Saddle Trails. Please be bear aware while hiking and give them their space if encountered. Please report all negative encounters to 907-235-7024.

China Poot Lake Trail: The trail is flooded in the China Poot Lake Valley (mile 2) for 500 feet. The depth can be from shin to waist deep, depemnding on rain events and snow melt and 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.

Moose Valley Bridge Construction/Installation: Replacement bridge will be installed in 2018. Set to begin around Aug. 1 and be completed Aug. 10. Expect helicopter sling loads into the area during this time.

Trail conditions

China Poot Lake Trail: Clear. Trail flooded for 500 feet at Mile 2

Estuary Trail: Clear

Poot Peak Trail: North Route: Difficult

Poot Peak Trail: South Route: Passable from Wosnesenski River Trail to Moose Valley Trail. Impassable from Moose Valley Trail to Summit route. Do not hike.

Poot Peak Trail: Summit Route: Difficult. Steep climb up scree slope and there is a short climb to the actual summit. Rock is unstable near the summit.

Coalition Trail: Passable

Coalition Loop Trail: Passible to difficult. Impassable to the falls. Do not hike. (Trail opened and adopted by Boy Scout Troop 555)

Moose Valley Trail: Passable to difficult. Passable to Moose Valley PUC. Moose Creek is fordable at mile 2.5.

Lagoon Trail: Impassable

Goat Rope Trail: Difficult

Alpine Ridge: Passable

Saddle Trail: Clear. Bears reported in the area

Glacier Lake Trail: Clear. Bears reported in the area

Grewingk Tram Spur Trail: Clear. Bears reported in the area

Grewingk Tram: Open. Suggest two people and gloves for operation

Blue Ice Trail: Passable

Emerald Lake Loop Trail: Difficult to impassable. Difficult from Humpy Creek to Blue Ice Trail via the Grewingk Tram. Impassable from Humpy Creek to Emerald via Portlock Plateau and between Grewingk Lake and Emerald Lake.

Mallard/Emerald Conn. Trail: Impassable

Mallard Bay Trail: Impassable

Wosnesenski River Trail: Difficult to impassable. An overflow channel has made the Wosensenki River Trail impassable from 3 mile to 9 mile from Haystack Rock. The main channel has moved along the north side of the river and is partially being diverted. Very brushy and many trees down from China Poot Lake (Mile 11) to Wosensenki River Valley (Mile 9)

Sadie Knob Trail: Difficult

Grace Ridge Trail: Passable

Tutka Lake Trail: Passable

Tutka – Jakolof Trail: Passable. Trail traverses through an old forest clearing and can be obscured on the Jakolof Bay end.

Diamond Creek Trail: Passable. Trail has firmed up with patchy muddy areas. Be aware that portions of the trail are close to bluffs above Diamond Creek Please take caution when hiking with pets and children.

Road to lower parking area is rutted in places. Low clearance vehicles not recommended. Conditions can worsen after a rain event.

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