The yurt is removed from the state park campground and very private. A path leads from a gravel beach through mosses and blueberry along the water from the trail head about 100yards. The yurt sits under large old-growth forest and is only about 20 yards above the water. The yurt is about 100 yards from the trail head for the state maintained Grace ridge Trail.


The yurt is 16' in diameter and has 4 bunks that can sleep 2 friends. There are 4 inch foam mattresses and a wood stove. There is an outhouse and a pulley for food storage provided. There is basic safety equipment and an ax and a saw. There is a 1 burner propane stove . Bring propane, the small 1lb bottles.




Tutka Bay, off Kachemak Bay in Kachemak Bay State Park


The yurt is located about ¾ the way up tutka Bay on the left as heading up the bay. Go under the power lines. The bay widens, passes some houses on the left and then narrows again. Look to the left for a small bite with a gravel beach and a state park trail head sign in station at the top. There is also a triangular trail head marker. The anchorage is good.


The yurt is accessible by water. The Grace Ridge Trail makes it accessable by Alpine hike from the Kayak Beach trail head at the head of Little Tutka Bay. The landing is at the beach. Then walk past the fire ring straight ahead along the path along the water.


The yurt is located under old growth spruce forest, close to the cut bank overlooking the water of the bay . The area right around the yurt is mossy with low blueberry and sparse undergrowth. There is a gravel beach nearby. The area directly around the yurt is steep cut bank to rocks and the bay and steep thickly forested hillside.

Special Features

There is a nice gravel beach often calm for kayak entry. There is a beautiful fire ring at the top of the beach that is shared with the camp ground. There are rocks with mussel beds around a small prominence. The trail heads steeply up the mountain from the top of the beach and switchbacks up to steep scree and then Alpine hiking. There is excellent kayaking. The yurt is private and the view is out over the bay through large trees.

Season Of Use

May through October

Managing Agency

Alaskan Yurt Rentals as permitted by the Alaska State Park system.

What To Bring

Bring WATER there is water coming off the rocks at the beach but it must be boiled for 12 minutes to be potable. Bring your own cooking utensils, sleeping bags, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, garbage bags, and fire starter. There is wood around but it can be very wet at Tutka 1 and it makes sense to bring dry kindling from town.

Getting There

Latitude: 59.444813
Longitude: -151.366739
Driving Directions


Tutka Bay Yurt #1