Alpine Ridge Trail
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.
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
Allowable Uses: Hiking
Distance: 1.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 1600 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult;
long, steep climbs
Hiking Time: 2 hours (to treeline)
No campsites at or near trailhead; no developed sites,
backcountry camping above
timberline. Alpine areas are
practice no trace camping, no
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
(907) 262 - 5581