Homer Beach Walk

Homer, Alaska

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A delightfully different Alaska experience in summer or winter, a walk along the Homer beach takes you away from the bustle of the town. Kachemak Bay, with its mountain backdrop, is one of Alaska’s loveliest areas. Overlook Park, located halfway between two access points, is a special treat in the spring. On the beach at low tide, look for sea stars (starfish), many kinds of clam shells, mussels, whelk (neptune) shells, rocks covered with barnacles, sea urchins, snails, crabs, small shorebirds, gulls, scoters, loons, Harlequin ducks, and kittiwakes. Coal and sometimes fossils can be found below the cliffs that border the beach. Bald eagles often soar along the steep, eroding shoreline bluffs. Waterfalls cascade to the beach; driftwood logs thrown up by storm waves provide ready benches and tables for picnics. Walkers of all ages will enjoy a walk in the brisk salt air.

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"A delightfully different Alaska experience in summer or winter, a walk along the Homer beach takes you away from the bustle of the town. Kachemak Bay, with its mountain backdrop, is one of Alaska’s loveliest areas. Overlook Park, located halfway between two access points, is a special treat in the spring.

On the beach at low tide, look for sea stars (starfish), many kinds of clam shells, mussels, whelk (neptune) shells, rocks covered with barnacles, sea urchins, snails, crabs, small shorebirds, gulls, scoters, loons, Harlequin ducks, and kittiwakes. Coal and sometimes fossils can be found below the cliffs that border the beach. Bald eagles often soar along the steep, eroding shoreline bluffs. Waterfalls cascade to the beach; driftwood logs thrown up by storm waves provide ready benches and tables for picnics. Walkers of all ages will enjoy a walk in the brisk salt air."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Homer
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Duration: 8 hours
Season: May-Oct
Local Contacts: Kachemak Bay State Critical Habitat Area (Alaska Department of Fish and Game) and Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation
Local Maps: Trails Illustrated “Kachemak Bay State Park”
Driving Directions: Directions to Homer Beach Walk

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May 2018