Grewingk Glacier Spit/Saddle Trail
This is the most popular hike in Kachemak Bay. It is described by many as fairly easy and well suited for most ages and abilities. This adventure begins with a water taxi ride to Glacier Spit and a drop off near Rusty’s lagoon where there is great tide pooling. The hike to Grewingk lake is a flat and well-maintained trail on the glacial moraine. Once at the lake, you will experience the amazing view of Grewingk Glacier and calves of icebergs that drift up close and person for you.
A short backtrack connects you to Saddle Trail for the one-mile hike to your pick-up location in a well-protected cove. This is a casual four-hour hike or can be extended for spur trail hikes to the Grewingk River tram or other destinations. There are also great camping locations on the beach at Grewingk Lake.
Glacier Lake Trail
Length: 4.8 miles
Rating: Easy, popular family hike.
Hiking Time: 80 minutes from Glacier Spit Trailhead (wind exposed beach: morning drop-off best, afternoon/evening pick-up at Saddle Trailhead.) And out the Saddle Trail (½ mile from Grewingk Lake)
Elevation Gain: 500 ft. Trailhead Access: Marine Access – Glacier Spit Trailhead (wind exposed beach, morning drop-off best); Saddle Trail (afternoon/evening pick-up best at Saddle Trailhead)
Camping: Small camping area at Glacier Spit Trailhead; Right Beach (accessible at low tide from Glacier Spit); Grewingk Lake. Camping Advisory: Please consider camping on higher portion of Grewingk Lake flats: landslides from area ridges falling into lake could generate large splash waves (50 feet or more) along shores.
Water Availability: Right Beach; small stream near the junction of the Saddle Trail.
Trail Description: A popular loop route joined by the Saddle and Glacier Lake Trails. This trail crosses flat terrain, through stands of cottonwoods and spruce, and across the dry outwash plain of Grewingk Glacier. It ends at the broad, open beaches of Grewingk Glacier Lake. This trail offers superb views of the glacier and its surrounding peaks. This is an excellent day hike. The Saddle Trail portion is a gradual climb to the 500’ elevation with steeper switchbacks back to sea level in the last quarter mile.