Kachemak Bay

Alpine Ridge Trail

brochure Kachemak Bay - Alpine Ridge Trail

Guide to Alpine Ridge Trail at Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park (SP & SWP) in Alaska. Published by Alaska State Parks.

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Guide to Alpine Ridge Trail Trail Description: in Kachemak Bay State Park A popular, quick route to alpine areas, this trail begins near the high point on the Saddle Trail and steeply follows a ridge through spruce and alder to alpine tundra, ending on a treeless knoll (near 2100 feet), with spectacular views of Grewingk Glacier and a deep glacial valley. Alpine tundra above treeline invites further exploration of the ridge. Park Access: Kachemak Bay State Park is accessed via boat from the Homer Harbor. Local water taxis can provide transportation to most park trailheads. Trail Access: Saddle Trailhead: Saddle Trail to Lagoon Trail Allowable Uses: Hiking Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 1600 feet Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult; long, steep climbs Hiking Time: 2 hours (to treeline) Camping: No campsites at or near trailhead; no developed sites, backcountry camping above timberline. Alpine areas are extremely fragile; please practice no trace camping, no campfires. Lagoon Trail Treeline Water Availability: Limited water, no streams; seasonal pools beyond trail end. Use water purification techniques for drinking water to avoid contracting Giardiasis (beaver fever). Park Rules: Visit http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/kbay/kbay.htm for a complete set of park rules. Alaska State Parks, Kenai Area Office PO Box 1247 Soldotna, AK (907) 262 - 5581

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