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Mosquito Cove – Trail Closed Aug. 16 & Maintenance Aug. 21- Sept. 14

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The Mosquito Cove Trail, trailhead parking lot and Bayside Loop of the Forest Service campground will be closed to all pedestrian and car traffic on Wednesday, August 16 so trail maintenance activities can safely occur.  The road and trailhead parking lot will be closed so gravel and lumber can be hoisted by helicopter to locations along the trail.  If poor weather limits the helicopter, the closure will be rescheduled for later in the week.

Sitka Trail Works, in partnership with the US Forest Service crew, will complete major trail maintenance from August 21 to September 14. The trail will remain open during this period but please use caution on the non-bayside portion of the trail during this time since crew, materials and equipment will be present.  Sitka Trail Works apologizes in advance for any inconvenience.

Please call, 747-7244, for further information.

Thimbleberry, Heart Lake, and SMC Rd. Loop Hike – August 12

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We are leading a free hike along the Thimbleberry/Heart Lake Trail & Sawmill Creek Road Loop.  Meet at the Thimbleberry Lake trailhead at 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 12.

The hike is approximately a 3.6 mile, moderately difficult loop.  The hike will gain about 350 feet in elevation as you travel by Thimbleberry Lake and onto Heart Lake. The trail continues around the end of Heart Lake then down to Blue Lake Road.  Finally, we will return along the separated multipurpose path back to the Thimbleberry trailhead. Weather permitting there are beautiful views of the surrounding mountains along the trail and at the lakes, as well as the SMC Rd. multipurpose path along the sound.

Participants should bring their own water, snacks, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Any children or teens attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies & VHF radios.  For more information call 747-7244, or visit www.sitkatrailworks.org

Mt. Verstovia Hike – August 5

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Join us for our next free hike up Mt. Verstovia!  Meet our volunteers at the Verstovia Trailhead on Sawmill Creek Rd. on Saturday, Aug 5 at 9:00AM.

This is a difficult five mile, six hour, round-trip hike through a series of switchbacks.  There are spectacular views from the top.  Elevation gain is 2550 ft to Picnic Rock.  Expect numerous rocky sections, log steps, and tree roots.  The trail will be slippery and muddy if wet. Read more about the trail here.

Hiking poles are strongly recommended and we have a few available to borrow.  We also recommend bringing water, lunch, appropriate clothing, and a camera.  Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies & VHF radios. Youth under 18 must be accompanied by an adult in order to participate in this hike.

For additional information, call us at 747-7244 or visit www.sitkatrailworks.org

Gavan Hill to Harbor Mt. Hike – July 22

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Sitka Trail Works is leading a free guided hike on the Gavin Hill/Harbor Mountain Trail. Meet Saturday, July 22nd at 9:00am by the Sitka High School (SHS) Auditorium entrance to Cross Trail.  The hike is difficult and approximately 6 miles.  We will hike all the way up the Gavan side to the rock bench at the top, down past the small shelter, around to Harbor Mt. parking area.  We’ll have a pickup truck staged at the end to provide a ride back to the SHS rear parking lot for those that need transportation.

The trail is a strenuous 6 miles, and depending on the speed of hikers 3-5 hours long.   Expect extensive stairs, roots, rocks, and log or rock steps which can be very slippery when wet. Gavan Hill Trail rises steeply to 2400 feet in 1.6 miles to an alpine ridge. The trail gains another 600′ in 1.5 miles to the Harbor Mt shelter cabin.  From the shelter the trail goes up and down 2.4 miles to the Harbor Mountain trailhead. Wonderful vistas of Sitka Sound, Mt. Edgecumbe, and numerous mountains and islands can be seen from the trail.  Participants should bring their own water, food and appropriate clothing for the weather.

For more information call 747-7244.

Herring Cove to Beaver Lake Hike – July 8

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The public is invited to free hike guided hike on the Herring Cove/Beaver Lake Trail with Sitka Trail Works Saturday July 8, 2017. Meet at the trailhead on Sawmill Creek Road at 9:00 AM. The hike is approximately a 3.5 mile, 2.5 hour roundtrip. There is a steep, rocky grade at the beginning/end of the trail and at the junction with Beaver Lake Trail. The middle section around the lake is mostly level with some stepping stones and log steps.

Hiking poles, water and a snack are recommended. This is a beautiful hike mostly in the forest with views of waterfalls and Beaver Lake. The Herring Cove trailhead parking area is at the end of Sawmill Creek Road 6 miles east of Sitka. Drive past the Sawmill Cove Industrial Park and past Blue Lake Road to the gate and trailhead parking area. For more information call 747-7244.

Indian River Hike – June 24

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We invite you to hike with us! Sitka Trail Works board members Ros & Don will lead a free hike up the Indian River Trail on Saturday, June 24, 2017. Meet at the trailhead parking area on Indian River Road at 9:00 AM.

The nine-mile, five hour round-trip hike will take you to the waterfall and back.  The trail gains elevation gradually and runs alongside Indian River and then through stands of old growth spruce. Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies & VHF radios.

We suggest bringing water, snacks, hiking poles, and a camera. Some hiking poles are available to borrow.

For more information call 747-7244, or see our detailed trail description.

Sea Lion Cove Hike – June 10

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We’re having our first off-island hike of the year on Saturday, June 10. 

UPDATE 6/9/17 – This hike has sold out!  

ORIGINAL POST: Sitka Trail Works is offering a 6-mile round trip hike to the beach at Sea Lion Cove on outer Kruzof Island on June 10. If you are looking for a day-hike that packs the most diversity for your effort, the Sea Lion Cove trail is a must!   There are just a few tickets left and they’re going fast.  Book yours now using our online store before they sell out!

If you already have tickets there should be a reminder email in your inbox.  Please come to the Crescent Harbor dock at 6:00am for check-in.  The vessel will depart promptly at 6:30 am and arrive at Kalinin Bay at approximately 7:45 am where you will begin your hike.  We’ll have you back to Crescent Harbor around 5:45 pm.  This trip is part of Sitka Trail Works’ calendar of annual guided hikes which promote trails and get hikers out to enjoy our amazing trail system. Please be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and bring boots for the estuary section.  Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies &VHF radios.

For further information please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

 

Volunteer Trail Maintenance – Thimbleberry Lake Trail – June 3rd

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June 3 is National Trail Day.  To celebrate, Sitka Trail Works is hosting a trail maintenance event for the Thimbleberry Lake Trail.  We invite everyone to join us and volunteer 9 to 11 am on Saturday 6/3.  Meet at the Thimbleberry Lake trailhead and bring your work gloves, water, and favorite pruners or trimmers.  Tools and snacks will be provided.  For further information please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.