• USE : Hike
• DESCRIPTION : Trail is reached by boat at the head of Silver Bay with hike up Salmon-Redoubt Lake Trail. There is a mooring buoy/ anchorage at the trailhead.
• DISTANCE : 2 miles one way
• TIME : 1 -2 hours
• TRAILHEAD : Trail head is on the left-hand side of the bay before entering the estuary narrows.
• ELEVATION GAIN : Minimal.
• RECOMMENDED SEASON : Spring – Fall
• LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY : Moderate
• TRAIL MANAGEMENT AGENCY : US Forest Service
The trailhead is located about 10 miles southeast of Sitka at the southwest end of Silver Bay. Access by sea taxi, boat or float plane.
There is good fishing in the Salmon Lake area and the head of Silver Bay. A recreation cabin is located on Salmon Lake about two miles from where the trail begins.
The trail begins on the east side of the mouth of Salmon Lake stream, the westernmost inlet stream at the head of Silver Bay. The trail is in Sitka Spruce, western hemlock and Alaska yellow cedar for the first three miles. An estuary is on the trail’s west side for the first quarter mile. The first mile hugs the eastern side of the valley, the follows the eastern shore of Salmon Lake to the cabin which may be reserved from the US Forest Service at recreation.gov.
The trail used to continue to Redoubt Lake cabin but the cabin was buried by a landslide in 2013. The trail still exists but it is rough and slippery. At about three miles the trail travels through a series of muskegs and meadows. There are trail forks in this area; stay on the main (southwestern) trail. During the next half mile the trail re-enters the forest and climbs 500 feet up a narrow saddle to the pass that separates the Salmon Lake drainage from the Redoubt drainage. The tread is rough, slippery and muddy. The pass is about a mile from Redoubt Lake but is impassible to the lake due to a landslide.
The Salmon Lake estuary has bears present much of the year.