Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail is a 6.4-mile roundtrip hike in Kachemak Bay State Park that leads you to the edge of a glacial lake, and sometimes the lake is full of floating icebergs!
This trail is rated as easy and it’s one of the best hikes in Kachemak Bay State Park. It’s best used from May to October.
In this post, I’m going to share how to hike Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail near Homer, Alaska.
This is #71 in the Southcentral Alaska 100 Hikes Challenge.
Hike Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail
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Distance: 6.4 miles roundtrip
Time: 3 hours
Elevation Gain: 180 feet
- Bring bear spray
- Carry water
- Use the Saddle Trail to hike one-way
- Tram requires two people
Grewingk Glacier Map
Hiking trails in Kachemak Bay State Park
Glacier Lake, Saddle, & Blue Ice Trails
How to get to Grewingk Glacier Lake from Homer
Grewingk Glacier Lake Trailhead is located across from Homer in Kachemak Bay State Park. From Homer, you will have to take a 15-minute water taxi across Kachemak Bay to Glacier Spit.
How to Arrange a Grewingk Glacier Water Taxi
A roundtrip water taxi from Homer to Glacier Spit or Halibut Cove will cost about $85 per person. There are plenty of water taxi companies to book with, which is good because sometimes they may not have any space left.
Usually, you can call to make your reservation and you won’t need to pay anything until you arrive for your trip.
Here are a few companies to book with:
- Mako’s Water Taxi
- Coldwater Alaska
- True North Kayak Adventures
Grewingk Glacier Lake Trailhead
After taking a water taxi from the Homer Spit, you will be dropped off at Glacier Spit. Due to the tides and the beach, you will most likely be dropped off just south of the trailhead.
Sometimes the water taxi has trouble getting you to a perfectly dry spot and you may get your shoes wet as you climb down the ladder onto the beach.
You will have to walk north along the beach for a short distance until you find the trailhead marker. You will see a sign in the shape of a triangle with a “T” on it, and that’s where the trail starts.
If you’re staying at the Right Beach Yurt or near Right Beach, the trailhead is about a mile away. You will need to watch the tides to pass Rusty’s Lagoon.
The Grewingk Glacier Lake Trail is a very easy trail. It’s mostly flat for the entire hike and you’ll gain less than 200 feet of elevation.
The first half of the hikes will lead you through a beautiful canopy of cottonwood and spruce trees. There was a small section of the trail that was overgrown.
At Mile 1.4, the trail splits and you will find a trail marker. From here, you can continue another 1.8 miles to Grewingk Glacier or you can head towards the Grewingk Tram Spur Trail.
The tram takes you across Grewingk Creek and connects to the Emerald Lake Loop Trail, Humpy Creek, and Blue Ice Trail.
If you plan on taking the tram, you should know that the tram is a hand-operated cable car pulley system and the operation of the tram requires two people. If there are only two people, one person should help pull the other person across.
I hiked this trail in late August, and it was a great time for mushroom hunting.
I found tons of different species of mushrooms and fungi, including Hawks Wing (Sarcodon imbricatus), Coral Tooth Fungus (Hericium coralloides), Common Puffballs (Lycoperdon), and more.
At Mile 2.7, you will see another trail marker. You are only 0.5 miles from the glacier lake at this point.
Here, the trail also connects to the Saddle Trail, which is another popular route to the lake, and it’s how to access Grewingk Glacier Trail from Halibut Cove.
Many hikers take the Glacier Spit to Saddle Trail one way by getting dropped off at Glacier Spit and picked up in Halibut Cove.
The trail ends at the gravel beach of Grewingk Glacier Lake. You can easily see the glacier and its surrounding peaks.
It’s really fun to hike this trail later in the year when there are icebergs floating in the lake.
It took less than two hours to hike 3.2 miles from the Glacier Spit to the lake. It was easy and the trail is beautiful.
The last time I went to Grewingk Glacier, I took a SUP tour, which was a lot of fun. This is also a great place to visit with a kayak or packraft.
Grewingk Glacier Camping
If you want to camp at Grewingk Glacier, there is a lot of space to pitch a tent on the beach. There are bears around this area so make sure to keep a clean camp, use bear-proof canisters, and as always follow Leave No Trace in Alaska.
Other places to camp nearby are Glacier Spit, Grewingk Creek, Humpy Creek, and Right Beach. Some campsites have bear-proof storage lockers that you can use to store your odorous items.
Other Hikes in Kachemak Bay
If you’re looking for more hikes in Kachemak Bay State Park, check out Grace Ridge, Sadie Knob, China Poot Lake, Moose Valley, and Emerald Lake.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Grewingk Glacier?
One way to get to Grewingk Glacier is to take a 15-minute water taxi and then hike 3.2 miles from Glacier Spit to Grewingk Glacier.
How long is Glacier Lake Trail?
Glacier Lake Trail is 3.2 miles one way to Grewingk Glacier in Kachemak Bay State Park.
What glacier can you see from Homer?
Grewingk Glacier is a glacier you can see near Homer.
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