Trails condition report

The following is the trail conditions report from Kachemak Bay State Park:

Overall Conditions: Snow line is at 1,400-1,800 feet and above, depending on aspect. Trail locations obscured in alpine areas.

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.

Grewingk Creek Tram: Recommend a minimum of two people to use, one assisting by remaining on the platforms to pull on the rope, reversing process when first person across completes trip. Gloves are recommended.

Please practice Leave No Trace etiquette. Pack out what you pack in.

Report any problems, complaints to the Park Ranger at 235-7024 or 262-5581.

Trail Condition Terms

Clear: No obstacles and tread well defined

Passable: Some brush and/or deadfalls tread evident

Difficult: Brushy and/or many deadfalls, faint tread

Impassable: Completely overgrown and/or tread obliterated

Announcement: Please look at the additional pages. Black bear sow with two cubs seen along the Saddle Trail and Glacier Lake junctions.

China Poot Lake Trail: Clear

Estuary Trail: Clear

Poot Peak Trail, North Route: Difficult.

Poot Peak Trail, South Route: Difficult to impassable. Impassable between Moose Valley and Summit Rout Junctions. Do not hike.

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

Coalition Trail: Passable to difficult

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

Moose Valley Trail: Passable to difficult. Passable from China Poot Lake Junction to Moose Valley PUC. Bridge crossing Moose Valley Creek is out. Creek is fordable.

Lagoon Trail: Impassable, do not hike.

Goat Rope Trail: Difficult

Alpine Ridge: Difficult

Saddle Trail: Clear

Glacier Lake Trail Clear

Grewingk Tram Spur Trail: Clear.

Blue Ice Trail: Difficult

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. Do not hike.

Mallard Bay Trail: Impassable. Do not hike.

Wosnesenski River Trail: Difficult to impassable. An overflow channel has made the Wosnesenski River Trail impassable 3 miles from Haystack Rock. A main channel has moved along the north side of the river and is partially being diverted. Do not hike between Mile 3 and Mile 9. Many trees down and very brushy between China Poot Lake and Wosnesenski River Valley,

Sadie Knob Trail: Difficult

Grace Ridge Trail: Passable to difficult: North Grace: Few trees down with snow at 1,400 feet. South Grace: Few trees down with snow at 1,800 feet. Alpine: Wet, punchy snow

Tutka Lake Trail: Passable; dozen or so trees down from Sea Star Cove Cabin to Tutka Lagoon Hatchery. Couple of trees down between Tutka Lake and the falls.

Tutka – Jakolof Trail: Passable to difficult. Trail is obscured in places on the Jakolof Bay side of the trail.

Diamond Creek Trail: Clear 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.

Additional Information:

Moose Valley Bridge Construction: Replacement bridge will be installed in 2018. More details to follow.

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