Photo looks out over Sitka Sound, on a clear blue day. There is a view of Kruzof Island/Mount Edgecumbe in the background.

Know Before You Go

What to Bring

Packing the Ten Essentials, and number eleven for bear country, will help you stay safe outdoors. Check out this overview for more details on the Essentials.

Navigation

Hydration

Nutrition

Rain Gear & Insulation

Firestarter

First Aid Kit

Knife

Illumination

Sun Protection

Shelter

Bear Spray

About Bears

  • To stay safe in bear country, we recommend reading these simple tips. Make noise and maintain distance.
  • Don’t be “bearanoid.” Learn the facts about bears and act consciously to avoid encounters – but get out and enjoy our amazing trails!

About Hiking

About The Rainforest

  • Hypothermia is a risk any time of the year here in Sitka, so dress appropriately and bring extra layers.

About Stewardship

  • Follow the practices of Leave No Trace; pack out what you pack in.
  • Give back to public lands by supporting maintenance as a volunteer or donor.

About the Trailforks App

  • Notice something on our trails like a blown down tree or a broken bridge? Help us help you! Submit a report about the issue in the Trail Forks app.
    • To submit a report:
      1. Create a free account
      2. Press the yellow arrow button on the top of your screen
      3. Press “Write Report”
      4. Create your report, and ensure that the current GPS location is saved
      5. Submit!
This photo shows the steps to reporting a trail issue "Press the yellow arrow button on the top of your screen" and "Press 'Write Report'" in the Trail Forks app
This photo shows the steps to reporting a trail issue "Create your report and ensure that the current GPS location is saved" and "Submit!'" in the Trail Forks app
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