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.

Double Header – Kayak & Hike or Bike Tour – Saturday, May 27th

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We have two exciting outdoor opportunities for you this weekend. Join us Saturday, May 27th!

Kayak/Hike: We are partnering with Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures to bring you a kayak & hiking combo for a special discounted rate of just $99+tax.  Please contact their office at 907-752-0660 to reserve your spot.  The trek will explore Fort Rousseau with about two hours of paddling and two and a half hours of an easy stroll with a few sections of scrambling over rock. You’ll see ammunition bunkers and machine gun platforms. If you intend to go inside the bunkers, you’ll need a flashlight or headlamp. Water and a snack suggested.  Meet at the Big Blue Bus at Crescent Harbor at 9:15am.

Bike Tour: To celebrate National Bicycling Month, Sitka Trail Works and the Bike Friendly Coalition are offering a  free bike tour, guided by Doug Osborne, on the Sitka Cross Trail. The event is scheduled for Saturday May 27, 2017 and will meet at the Indian River trailhead at 9:00 AM. The tour is approximately a 10 mile, moderate to strenuous ride to Kramer Ave. and back to the trailhead. The Indian River trailhead parking lot is up Indian River Road ½ mile; take a right off Indian River Rd. across from Peter Simpson Road.

For more information call 747-7244.

Free Hike – Intro to Geocaching at Cross Trail – May 20th

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Meet at the Sitka High School entrance to the Cross Trail on Saturday, May 20th at 8:30 AM for a short, fun, and free introduction to Geocaching.

Hikers will learn about discovering hidden caches while exploring and take an easy 1 to 2 mile hike on the Cross Trail. Participants/parents and guardians should bring a smart phone with a downloaded geocache app to participate. Also, kids should bring a trinket or two in exchange for a “treasure” they may discover in the cache. Hike length will depend on the interest level of the group. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle.  Touring poles are available to borrow and the hike leader will carry first aid supplies and a VHF radio.

For more trail information call us at 747-7244.

Free Guided Hike – Starrigavan Trails – May 13th

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Our first guided hike of the summer is almost here!  You are invited to explore the Starrigavan Trails with us.  This 3-mile hike will be mostly easy with a few moderate sections.  Meet up at 9:00am on Saturday 5/13 at the gravel Old Sitka boat launch parking lot.

More:  The trail begins by gradually climbing across a side hill to a forested muskeg with small streams. The trail is gravel until it reaches the outskirts of the muskeg on the top of a low hill. Through the muskeg, the trail is a boardwalk and winds among marshy ponds until reaching the forest again, with views up Starrigavan valley. The trail gradually descends through the forest with occasional glimpses through the trees of Starrigavan estuary. At the base of the hill, the trail crosses Nelson Logging Road and crosses Starrigavan River to the Estuary Life portion of the trail. In late summer and early fall spawning salmon may be seen from the bridge. This portion of the trail continues on boardwalk at a gentle 5% grade for about a quarter mile to a bird viewing platform. Bears are common feeding on the grassy flats in the estuary, and sometimes use the trails. Interpretive panels discuss the birds that use the estuary and the fascinating dynamics of an estuary.

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