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China Poot Lake Trail via Halibut Cove Ranger Station

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Kachemak Bay State Park

China Poot Lake Trail via Halibut Cove Ranger Station is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Homer, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 951 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash





over grown


6 days ago

A bit overgrown in places but overall not bad. Flooded for a few hundred feet near the lake but we made it xtratuf’s. Saw a sow with two cubs. Watch for bear.

over grown
11 months ago

Sun Aug 12 2018

We stayed in the China Poot yurt and because beetles have killed the forest, grasses and shrubbery have utterly and totally obscured the trails -- except if the Boy Scouts have recently happened to clear the trail. We were 6 weeks too late last August 2018 and unable to hike at all, within 100 feet you feel utterly lost.

Sun Apr 19 2015

Got to trail head via boat ride from Homer. Beautiful, serene, long hike in to a solitary cabin and peaceful lake. Make sure to reserve cabin in advance. There are bears on the trail so be alert! Be sure to bring a water filter-filtered water out of a glacial stream-so pure and fleshing! Be prepared for Mosquitos-they were everywhere!!!!!!

Mon Jul 08 2013

Trail clears up by late May most years. I love this trail but its not for everyone. By mid-June the bugs are in full force. Great tent spots by the Lake and a sweet public use cabin (book early). Look out for bears!

Mon Jul 08 2013

Awesome trail but a bit sketchy in early May. Lots of snow on the trail and post-holing was common place. The lake was mostly iced over and fishing was not fruitful. The cabin was super clean and there was a decent amount of wood to burn. Later in the season will require lots of bug dope. Highly recommend this trail!

Fri Jun 07 2013

The trail is well used and actively cleared and continually improved by a summer trail crew. There are lots of elevations changes, muddy spots, roots, with narrow and steep points. Most of the big streams are bridged. If you are packing to one of the cabins or camping spots like Moose Valley, it is strenuous. Take your time! It is surrounded by mountains and beautiful hills. Wildlife are prevalent, such as black bear, moose, bald eagle, mountain goats, and loons and ducks. China Poot Lake has fishing. It is a large deep lake. The sea bays are picturesque. Buggy in the summer. $75 for a round trip taxi. The Salty Dog, a 50 year old log tavern on the Homer spit is a must beer and a shot stop.

Sun Mar 04 2018