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1/2-Day Glacier Lake Hike & Boat Cruise

1/2-Day Glacier Lake Hike & Boat Cruise

A non-kayaking glacier tour option that includes a visit to Gull Island, Halibut Cove and guided walk to Glacier Lake!

Experience 3 distinct ecosystems in this land-of-amazement tour; the coastal marine environment, old-growth coastal forest, and glacial outwash.  The trip begins with a narrated coastal tour; keep an eye out for sea otters, harbor seals, porpoise, and whales.  Cruising near-shore brings us up-close to a 20,000+ member sea bird rookery where the elusive puffins often make an appearance! Our tour continues into the quaint community of Halibut Cove, where guests can see a real Alaska “bush” village, completely separated from the road system. Hear colorful stories of this historic corner of Alaska.  Our private dock in Halibut Cove gives us access to a 1.5-mile walk to a nearby glacier lake.  Guests are “awed” by the views of the mile-wide Grewingk Glacier dropping into the awe-inspiring lake. Guests can actually touch a 5,000-year-old piece of ice!  Hike back to the boat, and return to Homer.

Difficulty

Easy.  The 1.5 mile State-Park-maintained trail to the glacier lake has moderate elevation gains of 350 feet.  The trail has many roots and rocks; good footing and sturdy footwear are recommended.

Trip Times

Morning departure, trip times vary

Trip Cost

$155 per person

NOTE: Single travelers or groups of 7 or more – please contact us for availability and special pricing.

1/2-Day Halibut Cove Kayak Tour

1/2-Day Halibut Cove Kayak Tour

Halibut Cove is a breathtaking spot where mile-high snow-capped peaks thrust themselves out of the Bay. This trip starts with a 30-minute scenic boat cruise on Kachemak Bay, arriving at our wilderness lodge inside Kachemak Bay State Park. After instructions and “gearing up”, head out on the protected cove in search of sea otters, bald eagles, and other marine life. Paddle along sea cliff, sea cave, and then stretch your legs and do some beach combing on a pristine beach accessible only by boat. The journey continues as you explore the “bush” village of Halibut Cove.  Hear the stories of the once bustling fishing village turned to ghost town, then revived into an eclectic community of commercial fishermen, artists, and oyster farmers.  In short, there’s no place on earth like Halibut Cove!

Difficulty

Casual to moderate: 2-3 hours paddling with some beach walking.  You dress in layers, we provide all technical gear.

Trip Times

Morning: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. or Afternoon: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

Cost

$125/person

NOTE: Single travelers or groups of 7 or more – please contact us for availability and special pricing.

3/4-Day Halibut Cove Hike & Kayak

3/4-Day Hike & Kayak Combo

Enjoy a 3-4 hour kayaking and walking tour of Halibut Cove near Homer, Alaska, paddling along sea cliffs and watching for endearing sea otters. The journey then continues by foot into Alaska’s first state park. A scenic 1.5 mile hike takes you through several distinct ecosystems; the marine zone, coastal forest, and a glacial outwash plain.  Guests are awed by spectacular views of Grewingk Glacier terminating in the picturesque lake. The mile-high mountains, snow-capped peaks, blue glacier ice, and floating ice bergs make for an awe-inspiring experience on this Halibut Cove hike.

Difficulty

Casual to moderate: 2 hours paddling, and 2-3 hours walking. The 1.5 mile State-Park-maintained trail to Glacier Lake has elevation gains of 350 feet.  The trail has many roots and rocks; sturdy footwear is recommended.

Trip Times

10 am – 5 pm daily

Cost

$155/person

NOTE: Single travelers or groups of 7 or more – please contact us for availability and special pricing.

Glacier Lodge Package

Overnight Glacier Lodge Package

Day 1

Depart Homer Harbor at 6 pm. Enjoy a scenic boat cruise on Kachemak Bay watching for otters, seals, puffins, and bald eagles. Occasional viewing whales or black bears on the beach, add to the experience! Hideaway Cove Lodge is accessible only by boat and located within the boundaries of Kachemak Bay State Park. Your private cabin is a quaint retreat that offers a private sitting porch with great views, private bathroom, lodge-style decor, and a cozy gas fireplace. After checking into your private cabin, you still have plenty of daylight to go on a short hike, relax on the sea-side deck, fire up the cedar sauna, walk the rocky shoreline, visit at the fire pit, or take out a rowboat and do some fishing.

Day 2 

Guests have option of either a kayaking or non-kayaking tour to Glacier Lake

Enjoy a home-cooked country breakfast followed by a guided walk to a picturesque glacier lake near the lodge.  Experience 3 distinct eco-zones on your hike; the tidal zone, coastal forest, and glacial out-wash.  Guests are in awe at their first sight of the mile-wide glacier coming down the steep-mountain valley.  Arriving at the lake shore, guests learn about the movements of these great “rivers” of ice, and even get to hold an ice berg!

Guests wanting a casual, no-kayak option, enjoy a break at the glacier lake followed by an escorted hike back to the wilderness lodge for a relaxing afternoon.

Guests wanting more activity and adventure continue hiking to our glacier-kayak base. Sounds of moving ice fill the valley as your stable kayak glides past magnificent icebergs of all sizes and shapes. Enjoy lunch in full view of the nearly mile-wide glacier face. Lucky guests may even see the glacier “calve” huge icebergs into the lake! After lunch, paddle back to the trail head, hike out, and return to the wilderness lodge. The tour finishes with a scenic boat ride back to Homer, arriving between 5 and 6pm.

Departs: 6pm daily

Cost

$349/Adult
Children: half-price   

Price includes: Round-trip boat cruise to Hideaway Cove Lodge, private cabin with full use of lodge facilities, breakfast and lunch on day 2, guided glacier tour, and State Park entrance fees. Price does not include 3% sales tax or gratuity.

Guests can also choose a 2-day, one-night option which includes everything mentioned above, plus an extra full day to get out and explore the hiking trails of Kachemak Bay State Park (self guided). The favorite hike is the Alpine Ridge Trail which leaves right from the lodge and offers panoramic views of glaciers, ice fields, ocean and forests. With this option guests are picked up at 10 am in the morning instead 6pm, and lunch and dinner are provided on day 1. Please add $99/person to above price if you would like the 2-day one-night option.

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