TRAILS CLOSED DUE TO LANDSLIDE DAMAGE ON AUGUST 18th
Thimbleberry Heart Lake Trail – The section from Blue Lake Road to Heart Lake is impassable and unsafe. Blue Lake Road is also closed to pedestrians until further notice. You can still hike out and back from the Thimbleberry Trailhead to Heart Lake.
Lower Gavan Boardwalk Trail is Closed – Upper Gavan trail is impassable Sitka Trail Works will be removing the lower Gavan boardwalk trail beginning on Wednesday August 19th. Persons and equipment will be working. The public is advised to access the Cross trail via the Sitka High School Cross Trail trailhead instead of Baranof Street or the City Cemetery. As a result of heavy water flows off Gavan Hill on the morning of August 17th upper Gavan trail has experienced damage to the extent that it is considered impassable. The hike to Harbor Mountain ridge via Gavan trail is no longer possible. The lower Gavan boardwalk is located on Bureau of Land Management lands occupied by the United States Geodetic Survey (USGS). The BLM and USGS have granted an easement to the City and Borough of Sitka for an extension of the Cross Trail to replace the old boardwalk, which will no longer be managed or maintained by the US Forest Service.Work on the new extension of the Cross Trail to Baranof Street is in progress and will be finished prior to November 30th, 2015.
Cross Trail is closed from Cascade Creek to Kramer at the request of the City recovery effort working on the Kramer area slide. The rest of the Cross Trail through to Indian River is passable with some damage in a few areas.
The rest of the trail system is in pretty good shape. Herring Cove-Beaver Lake, Verstovia, Indian River and all the Starrigavan trails are fine.
OUR NEXT SITKA TRAIL WORKS HIKE:
August 29th is the Herring Cove / Thimbleberry - Meet at 9 AM at Herring Cove Trailhead. Up Herring Cove trail to the big waterfall, around Beaver Lake and back. This hike will not go down Blue Lake Road because it is closed.
THANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE ENJOYED THE HIKES THIS SEASON. WE PLANNED, PERMITTED, FUNDED, BUILT AND MAINTAIN THESE TRAILS WITH OUR PARTNERS AT USFS AND CBS. BECAUSE THE TRAILS CROSS MULTIPLE LANDOWNER BOUNDARIES, NO AGENCY WOULD HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD TO BUILD THEM. IT IS THE VISION OF THE SITKA TRAIL PLAN AND YOUR SUPPORT OF SITKA TRAIL WORKS EFFORTS SINCE 1999 THAT HAS MADE THIS TRAIL SYSTEM POSSIBLE.
REMEMBER SITKA TRAIL WORKS WITH a DONATION PLEASE. Thank you!