With snow levels dropping to 1200-1500 feet, overall trail conditions in Kachemak Bay State Park continue to improve as the summer warms up.
And, while snowshoes are still recommended for higher elevations, plan for wet and muddy conditions at lower elevations. There are still numerous downed trees on most trails, as crews continue to work to clear them.
Trails in the park are considered rough, with steep grades in places. Hikers are advised to add 1/3 to their average hiking time.
The Grewingk Creek Tram is open, and can be operated by a single person. The task is quite strenuous, however, and a minimum of two people is recommended — as well as a good pair of gloves.
Black bears continued to be spotted in the Grewingk Valley, so hike with caution.
China Poot Lake Trail is cleared of deadfall, but there is flooding reported on the flats in and around the lake. Snow continues to linger in the low pass between Halibut Cove Lagoon and China Poot Lake.
The Coalition Trail is cleared of dead fall between Halibut Cove Lagoon and China Poot Bay. It is not cleared between China Poot Bay and China Poot Lake. Hiking the falls is not recommended, as the spur trail to the falls no longer exists.
Moose Valley Trail is cleared of dead fall to Moose Valley PUC and Mile 6. (Moose Valley Campsite). It is not cleared from Mile 6 to Poot Peak Trail.
The Woznesenki River Trail is cleared of dead fall from Haystack Rock to Mile 9. It is not cleared from Mile 9 to China Poot Lake.
Other cleared trails include: Estuary, Saddle, Glacier Lake, Grewingk Tram Spur, Tutka Lake and Grace Ridge.
Hikers are advised to use caution when climbing to the summit of Poot Peak, as the route climbs up scree slope, and there is a short climb to the actual summit. Rock is unstable near the summit.
The north route of Poot Peak Trail is unmaintained and very brushy. Possible fallen trees may be across the trail.
Other trails that have NOT been cleared include: Lagoon, Goat Rope, Alpine, Sadie Knob and Tutka-Jakolof. The south route of the Poot Peak Trail is also not yet cleared.
Be sure to practice “Leave No Trace” etiquette and pack out what you pack in. Report any problems or complaints to the park ranger at 235-7024 or 262-5581.
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