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  • USE : ATV, Mountain Bike, Hike, Cross Country skiing in winter
  • DESCRIPTION : Small network of roads and trails built primarily for ATV use. All users use caution. Fast speeds and blind corners can present hazards. Major landslide occurred in 2015 which has impacted the trails.
  • DISTANCE : 1 to 2 mile loops
  • TIME : 1 hour (one way)
  • TRAILHEAD : Begins at the end of the Nelson Logging Road in the gravel parking lot.
  • ELEVATION GAIN : 300 feet
  • RECOMMENDED SEASON : Year round, but use caution when wet or icy
  • LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY : Moderate to difficult


The motorized trails are located about 6.5 miles north of Sitka. Drive on Halibut Point Road, and turn off at the bridge before Starrigavan Estuary onto Nelson Logging Road. Follow the narrow road across several bridges until a large gravel parking and off-loading area appears on the left. Please don’t park at the shooting range.


Many of the trails at Starrigavan cross coho salmon rearing streams. ATV riders are asked to respect the fish, and not ride through streams. Much of the area was extensively logged and the Forest Service has implemented forest thinning projects throughout the area.


The ATV trails in the area are old logging roads, but the Forest Service has created a few new trails just for ATV riders. Please use these trails with respect to other users and ability levels. Younger and less-experienced riders often use these trails for training and practice before tackling the trails at Kruzof Island or other areas.


These gravel and rock trails are maintained for ATV riding and loose rocks, rough surfaces, and blind corners present challenges and hazards to users. Be aware that high-speed ATVs and motorcycles may be encountered at any time.


Forest Service Site