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Glacier Lake Trail

Intermediate
 5.0 (2) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A trail through old growth forest and open plain with a gradual climb to a glacial lake.


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Map Key

6.5

Miles

10.4

KM

Loop

222' 68 m

High

13' 4 m

Low

270' 82 m

Up

270' 82 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

6%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A short, low elevation trail with a nice bench at the destination.

Overview

Kachemak Bay State Park offers some great hikes in a truly wild setting. The Glacier Lake Trail is an easy trail with a gradual climb that will give you some great views of the area and mountain glaciers.

Need to Know

Bring plenty of water, it can be warm on the open plain.

Description

Starting at the Glacier Spit Trailhead, you'll enter mixed old growth forest. The trail is well-maintained and marked. There's a gradual ascent until the trail opens up onto the gravel out wash plain of Grewingk glacier, where you'll hike through low cottonwood/spruce vegetation. You'll pass a junction at about mile 1.2 that leads to the Tram Trail; stay on the Glacier Lake Trail at this point.

You'll pass the Saddle Trail junction at approximately mile 2. stay on the Glacier Lake Trail and meander through scattered boulders until you reach the large gravel beach on the Grewingk Glacier Lake. If you've packed a lunch, it's a great spot to relax and just enjoy the views.

Most people make this hike a 4 hour half-day trip and end up at the Saddle Trailhead for a pickup, where you are safe from the day breeze. Follow the trail back to the Saddle Trail junction, and climb up about 500' through spruce forest. You'll head down a series of switchbacks to the platform in Halibut Cove where you'll meet your boat. Total mileage on this route is approximately 3.5 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Cottonwood, spruce, alder, various low shrubs such as silverberry and blueberry, various low elevation wildflowers, many black bears, some moose, red squirrels, variety of song birds and raptors. Good wildflowers in the spring.

History & Background

Trail starts at the oldest edge of the out wash plain, where Grewingk glacier sat about 10-15,000 yrs bp. As you hike towards the lake, you'll notice less advanced forest on the plain and on the ridges surrounding. The glacier has retreated at least 3 miles in the last 35 yrs.

Contacts

Land Manager: DNR Alaska

Shared By:

Ryan P

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Grewingk Light
May 27, 2015 near Fritz C…, AK
Grewingk Glacier
May 21, 2015 near Fritz C…, AK

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Jul 27, 2020
Marc Daniel
With Mila — 8h 45m
Jun 11, 2020
William Crawford
6.6mi
Aug 31, 2019
Richard Lim
One way trip. Took mako's water taxi $80/pers Great view on the lake and the glacier 3.2mi — 1h 30m
Aug 17, 2018
Juergen Gesser
May 24, 2018
Jordan Fugate
Nov 28, 2017
Juergen Gesser