Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park
A non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing, preserving and protecting the resources of
Kachemak Bay State Park.


info@friendsofkachemakbay.org
95 Sterling Highway, Suite 2
Homer, AK 99603

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The information below is provided by the Department of Natural Resources, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation.

PLEASE CHECK UPDATED TRAIL CONDITIONS BEFORE HEADING OUT!

*Trail Conditions*

There are over 25 miles of park trails, ranging from easy to difficult. Many climb over steep, rugged terrain, and offer excellent views. Others wind through coastal forest and meadows. Expect trails to be passable, although there may be areas of exposed rocks, roots, wet boggy areas, downed trees or tall grass. Trails and trailheads are marked with orange triangle signs with a "T" in the center.


Please Remember...

• Hiking times given are the minimum needed to hike the trail one way, by a

  person in good physical condition without a pack.

• Be prepared for poor weather, both on the trail or while waiting for pick-up

  service, which can be delayed. Carry extra supplies.

• Please practice minimum impact. Pack out what you pack in.

• Do not build fires in vegetated areas. Fires are allowed only on gravel bars

  and beaches, and in fire grates provided at campsites, below timberline.

• Hang food 15 feet high, well away from camp, out of reach of bears.

• All surface water should be properly treated before consuming. Use

  biodegradable soap only, and never in streams or lakes. Discard wash

  water at least 200 feet away from water sources.

• Please use trail registers. This information aids Park Rangers in

  management, maintenance, and search & rescue (if someone is

  reported overdue). You should leave a written trip plan with friends,

  family, and park rangers as well.

• There are parcels of private property in the park. Please respect

  private property; avoid trespassing.

• Commercial operators must have a permit to operate within park units.

All access to trailheads is by boat or plane. Several trailheads have mooring buoys offshore to tie a boat up to. Mooring buoys are located off the Saddle Trailhead, Rusty's Lagoon, Halibut Cove Lagoon, China Poot Lake Trailhead & Coalition Trail, and in Tutka Bay near the public use cabin. Do not tie up to the ring on top of the buoy. Instead, tie up to the small float and ring attached to the anchor chain. These buoys are suitable for vessels up to 35 feet in length. Do not tie up next to a vessel already at anchor on a buoy without the express permission of the vessel's operator.

Crossing glacial streams may be necessary, depending on the trail taken. Glacial rivers vary in depth and current depending on the weather, but the water level is often lower in mornings than later in the day, due to nightly freezing at higher elevations. Water levels are generally lower in early summer and much higher in July and August. Choose a slow-moving, shallow spot to cross. Wearing a pair of neoprene booties or tennis shoes will make crossing these icy rivers easier.