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Kruzoff Island ATV Trails

By August 30, 2016 No Comments

USE : ATV, Bike and Hike

DESCRIPTION : Miles and miles of old logging road used for ATV, biking and hiking trails and beaches to explore crisscrossing this volcanic island.

DISTANCE : Varies

• TIME : 4 – 6 miles

TRAILHEAD : Mud Bay at Kruzof Island.

ELEVATION GAIN : 300 feet

• RECOMMENDED SEASON : Year-Round

• LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY : Easy to Difficult

TRAIL MANAGEMENT AGENCY : US Forest Service


 

ACCESS

This road begins at Mud Bay, which is on the east coast of Kruzof Island and about 13 miles NW of Sitka by boat. The road begins on the north shore of the Bay, west of the cleared area. Kruzof Island road is closed to all vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of 1,000 poinds or more. A mooring buoy is available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

HISTORY

This trail, originally constructed as a logging road in the early 1970’s offers a good travel way across the island.

SPECIAL FEATURES

During snowy winters this road is good for cross-country skiing. Motorized vehicles are not permitted in iris meadows or off the roadway. Access to the Shelikof cabin (hike-in) and North Beach cabin (ATV use) is via this road.

DESCRIPTION

The intersections are confusing and not signed. It is suggested to carry a map and compass or GPS. The road follows the north side of Shelikof River The intersection for to the Shelikof Cabin turnoff at Iris Meadows about six miles across. After the Shelikof Cabin turnoff the road goes to the right, through Iris Meadow and up over a hill to the several miles to the North Beach cabin.

OTHER SOURCES:

http://www.alaska.org/detail/shelikof-cabin

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/shelikof-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71863

http://www.alaska.org/detail/north-beach-cabin

https://www.recreation.gov/camping/north-beach-cabin/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71876