Sitka Trail Works’ Storm Repairs Complete

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Mosquito Cove Trail Storm Damage

Trail Repaired

Thanks to your generosity we were able to make trail repairs!

A deep sink hole developed along the Mosquito Cove Trail during a 3” rainfall event in October.

As you may know, Sitka Trail Works has been completing maintenance projects on the popular Mosquito Cove Trail since Alaska State Parks cut funding for a local position and office.   Phase II trail upgrades had just been completed by US Forest Service Trail Crew in September, before the storm.

Sitka Trail Works employees Jerad and Trent Bayne recently made repairs to the sink hole & also removed a fallen tree.

Your membership is critical to support our mission to help maintain Sitka’s trails.  Your generosity allows STW to continue these efforts.







Annual Meeting & Potluck – Oct. 25

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Join us for our Annual Meeting & Potluck. 

Wednesday, October 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Centennial Hall, Room 6.  

Please bring a dish to share and your own cutlery & plate, if possible.  Three board members will be up for re-election: Brian Hanson, Gio Villanueva & Nicole Duclos.  Need more info?  Call us at (907) 747-7244

Sitka Trail Works Applies for Grant

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State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program – Grant Application

Sitka Trail Works Public Notice of Grant Application

Sitka Trail Works is applying for grant funding for repairs to the Sea Lion Cove Trail on North Kruzof Island. The trail was reconstructed in 1998 and is now in need of repairs to make it safe. If you would like to know more about this project or have questions, comments or concerns, please contact:

Sitka Trail Works
801 Halibut Point Rd.
Sitka, AK 99835
(907) 747-7244

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

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

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.