Explore the most popular views trails near Homer with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked from Glacier Spit to the lake and then south on the Saddle Trail - drop off and pickup easily arranged with Mako Water Taxi in Homer. We had spectacular warm sunny weather to enjoy the forest hike and view of the glacier across the iceberg-littered lake. Very easy trail with lots of bear sign but no bears. Great wildflowers including monkhead and red columbine.

7 days ago

Great set of trails! Well maintained and excellent guided hike with a naturalist. Trail fee of $8/adult which included the guided walk. We even saw a moose!

no dogs allowed ,more of a tourist stop

nice little stop

1 month ago

Makos water taxi to the trail head. I went to the trolly and crossed the river. It was not easy. We ended up going back across and just hiking to the lake. The lake was amazing and I’m glade we went there. Lists of icebergs in the lake. The hike to the lake and then to the pickup spot was about 6.5 easy miles. Water taxi was $80 per person round trip. Well worth it. Bring bear spray!!!

this trail was beautiful. I love that it starts on the beach and ends in the mountains! So far best trail in Alaska!

One of the coolest trails I've done in Alaska, spent the night sleeping by a Glacier with no other people around, pretty amazing. Did it mid-june, I'm sure it picks up more campers later in the season. The cost of the boat ride is well worth it!!

We had limited time so we didn't get to do as much as we wanted. We enjoyed the dogwood trail with the markers which pointed out various plants and trees.

Nice easy walk with some vista points. Really liked the plant colors. Didn't see a Moose but would recommend it.

11 months ago

You end up at a glacier. Enough said

8$ for adults and 5$ for children. We didn't end up hiking because we thought that was pretty steep for what it was.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

super easy, kid friendly, good first Alaska walk if nervous about the wildlife.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Best hiking experience in Alaska! Challenging trail, especially in the rain, but definitely worth it. There are options so you don't have to hike the entire 12 mile trail, but you still get the amazing scenery and hiking experience.

Nice easy forest trail.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Beautiful water taxi ride to the trailhead, scenic & relaxing hike! Amazing lunch at the lake! Best overall hiking experience in AK!

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!!!!!!

Friday, August 09, 2013

This is not much of a hike but it is a great family outing and a good way to learn about the forest ecology that surrounds much of the trails in coastal Alaska. Educational, interesting, and fun are the best way to describe this short hiking experience.

Monday, July 08, 2013

Nice trail to snowshoe in the winter. Occasional moose and bear sightings.

Lovely trail network. Open year around. In the summer there are guided trail walks. Lots of wildflowers, birds and wildlife. Enjoy!

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!

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!

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.

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