Hiking Opportunities around Beautiful Kachemak Bay

The network of hiking trails on the Kenai Peninsula are, without a doubt, the best in the state.  Some, like the Upper Russian Lake Trail, have public use cabins that can be reserved. The Resurrection and Johnson Pass trails are popular and well travelled, while others are little more than game trails. The Chinapoot Peak hike in Kachemak Bay State Park takes you straight up 2,600 feet to spectacular vistas, while others, like Crow Pass and Twenty Mile out of Girdwood, take you through rugged mountain passes.

Small short hikes can lead to hidden jewels. The Exit Glacier hike in Seward is one example, which leads up to the Harding Ice Field; or the Diamond Creek hike down to a deserted beach just outside of Homer is another. The trail system across Kachemak Bay from Homer leads to an entirely different world of remote adventure. The hikes to Leisure Lake and Emerald Lake from Glacier Spit are two examples of short hikes that take you into seclusion.

We highly recommend that hiking enthusiasts purchase a book such as “Fifty Ways into the Wilderness”. Trail conditions and levels of difficulty vary, as does the concentration of bears and other wildlife, so it is a good idea to read up on your desired destination.

twin creeks trailhead
Twin Creeks Trailhead
Emerald Lake

Homer Water Taxi / Marine Ferry

The marine transportation network in Homer and Kachemak Bay is very reliable and efficient and can get you wherever you want to go. There are three basic modes of transportation: 1) Scheduled public ferry service to large communities such as Seldovia, Kodiak and Dutch Harbor via the Alaska Marine Highway. 2) Scheduled transportation service on smaller tour boats to Seldovia and Halibut Cove that usually offer wildlife viewing opportunities. 3)  Smaller “on-demand” water taxi service such as Homer Ocean Charters offers access, to camping, cabins, kayaking, Gull Island/Kachemak Bay cruises, fishing and hiking destinations across Kachemak Bay.  Homer Ocean Charters can also supply transportation for freight, ATVs and small/large groups. Land’s End Resort is directly adjacent to the Ferry Dock, and is the only hotel on the Homer Spit, within walking distance of the small Boat harbor.

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49 North Alaskan Adventures

Our Captains have years of local knowledge in Kachemak Bay and know where the local wildlife likes to hang out. Tours vary based on where the wildlife is and crafted to your pleasure!

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