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Free Guided Hike – Starrigavan Trails – May 13th

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.

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