Blue Lake Road and Green Lake Road – Access Update Feb 2017

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The City & Borough of Sitka has issued a statement that repairs to Blue Lake Road and Green Lake Road are nearing completion.

Both roads are now open to public pedestrian access.  Vehicle access to the Heart Lake/Thimbleberry Lake and the Beaver Lake Trails via Blue Lake Road remains closed.

The extensive road repairs are primarily being funded by the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management as repairs from the 2015 landslide.  These repairs will allow the Electric Department to complete the dam overlook project which will lead to a reopening of public vehicle access to Blue Lake sometime next fall.  The closure is meant to ensure the safety of the public while large construction equipment is working on the narrow roads.

For additional information please contact the City Electric Department at 747-4000.


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For your holiday shopping – don’t miss out on 10% discounts with our new member’s discount program at three of our Sitka outdoor/hiking gear vendors. This discount program will work on a calendar year basis; so if you have donated to Sitka Trail Works since January 1, 2016, you should have received your 2016 STW Member Card, the flyer below and our Fall newsletter. If you haven’t donated yet, this is an excellent reason to donate now so you can get the most benefit from our membership discount program the remainder of this calendar year.

If you didn’t get your member card or newsletter, contact us by calling 907-747-7244.  (For a look at the Fall Newsletter, just go to the menu bar at the left side of this page and click on the “Newsletter” button.)


FREE EVENTS & GUIDED WEEKEND HIKES – Thanks to all for a Great Hiking Season!

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Public Meeting Announcement: Sitka Trail Works, in partnership with the City and Borough of Sitka, is planning Phase 6 improvements to the Sitka Cross Trail system. A public meeting to receive comment on the project will be held on November 29th at Centennial Hall, Sitka from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. Detailed maps and information about this project will be shared at this meeting (for a preview, click on the Current Projects tab at top of this page).

The Phase 6 project will build a new multiuse component of the Cross Trail system extending from the Harbor Mountain Road to Starrigavan. The public input received at the public meeting will be a major factor in determining the final trail alignment.

Questions about the project may be directed to Lynne Brandon, Sitka Trail Works, (907) 747-7244. Please send an email to or written comments may be mailed to Sitka Trail Works at 801 Halibut Point Rd., Sitka, AK 99835. Comments need to be received by December 14.

Next STW Board of Director’s Meeting:
Sitka Trail Works Board of Director’s meetings are open to STW members and the public.

When: Thursday, January 19th 12:00—1:30 PM

Where: Centennial Building

Meeting Agenda:

For more info, call the office at 747-7244.

Thimbleberry and Heart Lakes Trail Repaired

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Free Guided Hike – Thimbleberry-Heart-SMC Loop, August 20th

The public is invited to free hike guided hike on the Thimbleberry-Heart Lakes-Sawmill Creek Rd. Loop with Sitka Trail Works Saturday August 20, 2016. Meet at the Thimbleberry Lake trailhead at 9:00 AM. The hike is approximately a 3.6 mile, moderately difficult loop back to the Thimbleberry trailhead. The trailhead is 4 miles southeast of town on Sawmill Creek Road. Cross Thimbleberry Creek Bridge (watch for sign) and immediately to your left is a trailhead sign and parking area.

More: Elevation gain is 100 feet in the first ¼ mile to Thimbleberry Lake, and another 250 feet the next ¾ mile to Heart Lake. The trail goes through a hemlock-spruce forest for about an eighth of a mile then follows a power line corridor to Thimbleberry Lake. The trail to Thimbleberry Lake is less than a 17% grade and 4 feet wide with an aggregate tread. The trail continues northwest around the south end of Heart Lake then down to Blue Lake Road. Improvements were made in February to the stream crossing at the Blue Lake Rd. connector to make it level. Water levels vary and the crossing is on stones so hiking poles are recommended. No guarantee that your boots will remain dry. The hike will continue down Blue Lake Rd. to Sawmill Creek Rd. and 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.

Sitka Trail Works board member Deanna Bennett will lead the hike. For more information call 747-7244.

Next Off-Island Hike

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Mt. Edgecumbe Guided Off-Island Hike – August 13, 2016: Last Off-Island Hike of the Season!

Meet Saturday, August 13th at 6:30am at Crescent Harbor for a guided hike on the Mt. Edgecumbe Trail on Kruzof Island. The Allen Marine vessel St. Anastasia will depart Crescent Harbor promptly at 7:00 am and return at approximately 5:45pm. The hike is sold out at this time, but you can get on the waiting list in case of cancellations by calling our office at 907-747-7244. Tickets are $100 to cover transportation by Allen Marine Tours and a membership donation to Sitka Trail Works.

This 13.5 mile round-trip hike is to the summit of the extinct volcano. The elevation gain is 3,000 feet from the trail head to the top. The first four miles gradually rise with the last three being more strenuous.  Timberline is reached at about 2,000 feet and above this the ground is steep and covered by red volcanic ash. Spectacular views of Sitka Sound, Baranof and Kruzof Islands and the crater can be enjoyed from the summit when it’s cloud-free.

Thank you to Allen Marine Tours for partnering for this Sitka Trail Works fund raiser. For more info call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

Trail Closure Announcement – July 21st

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The Old Sitka State Historical Interpretive site parking lot and the Mosquito Cove Trail will be closed Thursday, July 21 so that Sitka Trail Works can helicopter transport gravel for a trail maintenance project. Additional trail maintenance work is scheduled later this summer and is being funded by a Recreational Trail grant.

Sitka Trail Works apologizes for any inconvenience. For questions, please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.