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 1/3 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. 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.

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 by calling 907-235-7024.

China Poot Lake Trail: The trail can be, depending upon rain events, flooded in the China Poot Lake Valley (mile 2) for 500 feet. The depth can be from shin to waist deep, depending 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. Work is expected to be completed Aug. 6. Expect tree felling and helicopter sling loads into the area during this time.

Trails report

Alpine Ridge: Passable to difficult.

Blue Ice Trail: Passable

China Poot Lake Trail: Clear. Trail can be flooded for 500 feet at mile 2. Sow and cub seen in the vicinity of Halibut Cove Lagoon.

Coalition Trail: Passable

Coalition Loop Trail: Passible to difficult. Impassable to the falls. Do not hike to the 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. 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. Sow and cub seen in the vicinity of Halibut Cove Lagoon.

Glacier Lake Trail: 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 mile 2.5. Construction and installation of new bridge in Moose Valley will last through Aug. 6. Expect helicopter sling loads.

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.

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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