KACHEMAK BAY STATE PARK
Kachemak Bay State Park is the crown jewel of Homer, offering a lovely backdrop but even better explored on foot. There are many different hikes depending on what you want to see and how far you’d like to go. If you would like to be accompanied by a naturalist guide this can enrich your experience as you will learn about the geology and local lore of the area and you don’t have to worry about finding your route back or missing the boat.
Hiking Guide for 4 hours is $125 and 8 hours is $200.
GLACIER LAKE HIKE
From the Homer dock back to the dock (this includes the boat ride and hike) takes minimum 4 hours. If you’d like to hike out to the tram across Grewingk Creek leave 6 hours. This is the most popular hike in the park as it goes through the old growth forest, on the glacier moraine and up to the glacier lake. The route back is via Saddle Trail for your pick up. This trail affords lovely views of Halibut Cove and Halibut Cove Lagoon. If you’d like to lengthen your hike you can also hike up Alpine Ridge above the Saddle Trail.
GRACE RIDGE HIKE
Go from North Grace Trailhead up 3200’ to incredible views of fjords, islands and volcanoes. Although strenuous, this is one of our favorites. It’s about 4.5 miles to the summit.
Accessed from the Saddle Trail, the Alpine Ridge Trail gets above treeline and incredible views of Glacier Lake in about 2.5 miles. Then you can hike in the Alpine for another 3 miles with ever changing views of the glacier, volcanoes, the inlet and across Kachemak Bay.