Kachemak Bay State Park Trails Report

General announcements

Please report problems, file complaints or compliments 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: Bears have been sighted in the Grewingk Valley along the 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.

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

Alpine Ridge: Passable

Blue Ice Trail: Passable

China Poot Lake Trail: Clear

Coalition Trail: Passable

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

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.

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

Estuary Trail: Clear

Glacier Lake Trai:l Clear

Goat Rope Trail: Difficult

Grace Ridge Trail: Passable

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

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

Lagoon Trail: Impassable

Mallard Bay Trail: Impassable

Mallard/Emerald Conn. Trail: Impassable

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

Poot Peak Trail: North Route: Difficult

Poot Peak Trail: South Route: Passable. From Wosensenki 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.

Saddle Trail: Clear. Bears reported in the area.

Sadie Knob Trail: Difficult

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

Tutka Lake Trail: Passable

Wosnesenski River Trail: Difficult to Impassable. An overflow channel has made the Wosnesenski River Trail impassable from Mile 3 to Mile 9 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 Wosnesenski River Valley (Mile 9)

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