Grewingk Valley

Homer, Alaska

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A variety of hikes, from an easy half-day to a rugged 2-to-3-day backpack, to Grewingk Lake, Grewingk Glacier, and alpine ridges overlooking the valley. Choosing your destination(s) and water-taxi drop-off and pickup points are the most complicated logistics about this trip. Probably the easiest way to see the whole area is to start at Glacier Spit, hike to Grewingk Lake and Glacier, and then hike out via the Saddle Trail, with a side trip to the Alpine Ridge. For a day trip on the Alpine Ridge, the Saddle Trail is definitely the better choice; starting at Glacier Spit is better for day trips and backpacks in and north of the Grewingk Valley. A popular day trip is a drop-off at Glacier Spit, a hike to the lake and then south over the Saddle Trail, ending with an afternoon pick up at the Saddle Trailhead. If you want to camp near Glacier Spit and day-hike from there, the spit is a fine beach-camping area (bring water).

Grewingk Valley Professional Review and Guide

"A variety of hikes, from an easy half-day to a rugged 2-to-3-day backpack, to Grewingk Lake, Grewingk Glacier, and alpine ridges overlooking the valley. Choosing your destination(s) and water-taxi drop-off and pickup points are the most complicated logistics about this trip. Probably the easiest way to see the whole area is to start at Glacier Spit, hike to Grewingk Lake and Glacier, and then hike out via the Saddle Trail, with a side trip to the Alpine Ridge.

For a day trip on the Alpine Ridge, the Saddle Trail is definitely the better choice; starting at Glacier Spit is better for day trips and backpacks in and north of the Grewingk Valley. A popular day trip is a drop-off at Glacier Spit, a hike to the lake and then south over the Saddle Trail, ending with an afternoon pick up at the Saddle Trailhead. If you want to camp near Glacier Spit and day-hike from there, the spit is a fine beach-camping area (bring water)."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Homer
Distance: 3-6.5 miles
Trail Type: Point-to-Point
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Season: Grewingk Lake: mid-May to mid-Oct. Grewingk Glacier: June through Sept. Alpine Ridge: July through Sept
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Kenai Area Office, PO Box 1247, Soldotna, AK 99669; (907) 262- 5581; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: National Geographic Kachemak Bay State Park; Alaska State Parks brochure Kachemak Bay State Park Hiking Trails
Driving Directions: Directions to Grewingk Valley

Recent Trail Reviews

7/26/2010
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The trail it self is not that special but the glacier late at the end is amazing


5/28/2007
0

I did a four night backpack in this area. After kayaking with a group, I was dropped off at the Saddle trailhead in the afternoon. I camped at Grewingk Glacier Lake that afternoon, at the end of the Glacier Trail near Tarn Lake the next night, at the Humpy Creek trailhead the third night, and at the Glacier Spit trailhead the fourth night. I was picked up there the next morning. I didn't rate the trail because it is just too subjective in an area like this. I tried to go to Emerald Lake but there were just too many downed trees for me. The trail had been cleared to the Grewingk Creek tram (which I did solo), but passed that there were some trees. Of the four campsites, only the last is not recommended. It really was a lousy place for camping. There is a better place nearby at Rusty's Lagoon, but that trail was also in real bad shape. I had to go there to get fresh water, but I went without my pack. A lot of the trails are flat gravel in alder or stunted forest. There are some sections across ridges through thicker, though still scrubby, forests. This place is a good taste of Alaska. Much more accessible than the big national parks and with trails to use. But you will have more freedom to roam if all the trails are cleared. The gravel flats are easy cross-country, but the forests are far too dense most of the time.



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May 2018