• Watch out for bears, other dangers
By Randi Somers
Hikers in the Kachemak Bay State Park recently encountered a stressed mother bear with two cubs between Glacier Spit, Grewingk Lake and Saddle Trailhead.
Numerous bears have been sighted in the Grewingk Valley and hikers are advised to give them lots of space and always sing or yodel as you walk to avoid surprising them.
Even though it’s July, there are still patches of snow above 2,000 feet in the mountains of Kachemak Bay State Park. State parks also advise that some trails are rough with steep grades in places and in some cases it is advisable to add a third to average hiking time.
Crews will be working on the China Poot Lake, Saddle and Wosnesenski River Trails from Wednesday, July 6, to Thursday, July 14.
Grewingk Creek tram is now open and has been improved, but is still difficult to use. At least two people are needed to operate it with one assisting by staying on the platforms to pull the rope and reverse the process when the first person across lands. Gloves are a good idea for pulling the rope.
As always, hikers are urged to leave nothing behind but tracks. Always pack out what you pack in. If a trail-side stop is needed, common sense, consideration dictate the deposit be made a good distance from the trail and that the excretion and toilet paper be discretely buried.
China Poot Lake, Estuary, Poot Peak Trail south route, Coalition, Moose Valley, Lagoon, Goat Rope, Alpine Ridge, Saddle, Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram Spur, Blue Ice, Emerald Lake Loop, Sadie Knob, Grace Ridge and Tutka Lake Trails have all been cleared of deadfall. However, Tutka-Jakolof has not and the North Route Poot Peak Trail is unmaintained with possible fallen trees across the trail and lots of brush. Also, the spur from Coalition down to the China Poot Creek Falls no longer exists and it is not recommended to hike to the falls.
Grewingk Tram Spur is the new name for a portion of Humpy Creek Trail from Emerald Lake trail junction to the Grewingk tram and a portion of the Gewingk Glacier Trail from the Grewingk Tram to the Emerald Lake Trail junction near Grewingk Lake.
Blue Ice Trail replaces a portion of the Grewingk Glacier Trail from the junction of the Emerald Lake Trail to Grewingk Glacier or the end of the trail.
Mallard/Emerald Connector trail replaces a portion of the Humpy Creek Trail from the Emerald Lake Trail junction to the Mallard Lake Trail junction.
Grewingk Glacier Trail name has changed. From the junction of Glacier Lake Trail junction to the Grewingk tram is now called Grewingk Tram Spur Trail and from the Grewingk Tram to the Emerald Lake Trail junction is now a part of the Emerald Lake Loop Trail.
Humpy Creek Trail has changed: From Humpy Creek Trailhead to the Emerald Lake junction is now part of the Emerald Lake Loop Trail. From Humpy Creek trailhead to the Grewingk tram is now part of the Emerald Lake Loop Trail and the piece from the Emerald Lake Trail junction to the Mallard Bay trail junction is now called the Mallard/Emerald Connector Trail.
Any problems or complaints should be reported to the park ranger at 235 7024 or 262 5581.
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