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Grace Ridge Trail is a 8.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Homer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and camping.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 3,156 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Paddle sports Beach Forest Wild flowers Wildlife
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Glennie LeBaron
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What an incredible start to fall, coming up through the alders we were rewarded with a view of five volcanoes and 29 bears throughout the day, fall is just kissing the ridge and it is a perfect way to spend a Sunday with friends. Definitely get a chance to do this trail before winter sets in!

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Carolyn Knight
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Tough but beautiful first half. The way down was a nice break.

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Emilien Marchand
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Really cool trail. Get dropped up at South Grace, camp on Kayak beach and get picked up the next morning. Amazing views throughout. I got a bit startled by a bear running less than 20ft in front of me at the beginning though so make sure you got bear bells and spray. Sunset on Kayak beach is magical and you can see salmons jumping around.

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THERROL ANDREWS
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HikingGreat!

I did the hike with my wife and two daughters. We started on the south side of grace ridge and hiked the entire trail up to the peak and descended to kayak beach. I recommend starting on the south end and doing the entire nine mile trail. The trail is a bit steep in a few places, but they're short distances. You also get to see views of the head of Sadie cove that you would not see by just going up and back from kayak beach. We saw five black bear ( all below us and far off). It was a beautiful hot summers day, barely any wind. The trail is well maintained. And the views . . . well nothing short of spectacular! We were dropped off by Coldwater taxi ( highly recommend!) at 9:00am. We took a good lunch break up on the ridge, and one other short break and arrived at kayak beach at 3:30pm, and were picked up at 4;15pm. Though at 62 my body felt pushed to the limit, it was a great memory made with our daughters.

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Courtney Kozak
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Hard hike. There were a lot of clouds and fog but would be amazing on a nicer day. Lots of mushrooms and other cool plants. Thought we saw a wolf and mountain goat.

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Kara K
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Get the water taxi to drop you off on South Grace. Hike over the mountain to Kayak Beach to either camp for the night (free of charge) or for the water taxi to pick you up for your return 15 minute boat ride to Homer. We used Coldwater to taxi us over there. Great small company, who do more than simply transport you there. They are looking out for you and taught us about the surrounding landscape on our boat ride over. Beautiful hike - starts and ends in temperate rain forest. Primitive trail at higher elevations. It’s a steep hike up and down. The views of the surrounding mountains, via volcanoes, small islands, and surrounding bay and Cook Inlet is phenomenal. There is one fresh water source on the way down the summit heading toward Kayak Beach if you need water to filter. I would consider this a difficult hike. It is not for those scared of heights, as there are places that are steep and narrow that activated my fear instinct (and I am not one to be scared of heights). It was quite windy at the summit. 9.1 mile hike. It took us 6 hours if you exclude the 15 minutes for lunch. I started recording after an hour, so my recording doesn’t reflect the entire hike. Tip- there are several false summits, where you think you have reached the top, but haven’t. When truly at the summit, you will be able to see Homer spit. - once you reach the summit, there are small rock piles to help direct you to stay on the path to hike down.

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kayla houchin
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beautiful hike!

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Ashlee Allen Beutler
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To get to the trail you need a water taxi or boat. We found Coldwater to have the best rates. We started at the south trail head and went back the same way. The views from the ridge line were amazing! The elevation gain wasn’t too intense and the hike felt safe. You’ll love it!

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Harlie Lewallen
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Hiking

The trail is awesome!!!! If you hike from one beach to the other the hike is about 12 miles, I would recommend ending at kayak beach the trail up on the other side isn’t as bad. It’s a good hike but definitely a leg burner. Took me and my group 5 1/2 hours without stopping. Beautiful views though, it was totally worth it!

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Farrell Stoudt
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Backpacking

Did this 7/3/2020. Started at south Grace Ridge Trailhead and ended at Kayak Beach where we camped. I logged 9.56 miles total with 4:40:07 min moving time and 7:14:16 min total time. Trail was great and well defined, some bushy spots but nothing terrible. Saw some bear scat, but nothing fresh and no bears. Gorgeous views up top!

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Melissa Clark
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We did this hike 2 days ago, starting at Quarry Beach (North) and doing an up and back instead of the loop. Ton of bear scar and dens but we were loud and didnt see any bears. Worth the view!!

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Alfonso Espinoza
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Did this on 5/24/20. Absolutely beautiful hike! The best view I’ve ever seen in the state and I’ve done a lot of hikes. Don’t start at the kayak beach - start at south grace ridge trail head and finish at kayak beach instead. Have your boat drop you off at south grace ridge and pick you up at kayak beach. The trail is marked the whole way but very overgrown until you break the tree line. Watch out for bears as I saw a lot of bear scat on the way up. Once you break the tree line, it is absolutely spectacular and your typical Alaskan ridge line rock scrambling. It’s about 10 miles total roughly.

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Moritz Katzorreck
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One of the most spectacular hike we ever did. Only met two other hikers on the way. Overgrown in places but perfectly marked. Quite step at times.

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Cassie Ratliff
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Troy Dye
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Ellen Yama
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Helen Crews
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Megan Louis
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Steve Smith
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Mackenzie Carpenter
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Luke Ledet
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Joe Daniels
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Colt Wendt
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Gina Spangler
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Anna Beckwith
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Will Walton
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Gregory Brian
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Claire Dorn
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Gary Kanner
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Alexx Root
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