Sitka Trail Works and USFS and SCA crews will be working on Herring Cove trail from now through the end of July. Please use caution. Work is paid for by a State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program grant to Sitka Trail Works (applied for these funds last year) and unique agreements between Sitka Trail Works, the USFS and the City and Borough of Sitka. The deck around the walk-through rock is fixed, improvements have been made to the slide area and work on a short reroute to get the trail on a bit higher ground is ongoing. Part of the plan is to raise the bridge several feet to allow it to better weather future flood events. Hikers may have to ford the stream instead of using the bridge while the bridge work is occurring.
Thank you to Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures (SSOA) for sponsoring the Causeway Kayak trip on July 11th, and for their support for Sitka Trail Works. STW has spent many years of work cleaning up and restoring Fort Rousseau buildings, pathways and roads. Going out to tour the Causeway Park with SSOA is a great way to seen and enjoy this historical gem.
August 1 is the Annual Hike to the Indian River Falls. This another moderate hike for distance but the hike gains elevation gradually and is quite scenic along the river and through the old growth stands of spruce. Just meet at the trailhead on Indian River Road at 9 AM. The Sitka Trail Works Board member who is leading the hike will have extra touring poles to lend or for sale, if hikers would like to use them.
August 15th is the Verstovia hike with the inimitable Charles Horan. This trail has a lot of UP but the views (and cardiovascular benefits) are very rewarding and hikers travel at their own pace. The stairs are steep on the descent, so place your feet carefully and use the touring poles if you wish.
August 22 is the Thimbleberry loop trail around Thimbleberry and Heart Lakes and back along the new Silver Bay pathway. This is quite a nice loop hike. If you haven’t tried it yet, this is your chance to hike with a group and feel safe. Meet at the trailhead at 9 AM and view all the great repair work done this year on that special trail full of rocks and waterfalls.
August 29th is the Herring Cove / Thimbleberry BIG LOOP. Up Herring Cove trail to the big waterfall, around Beaver Lake, down to Sawmill Creek Campground, down Blue Lake Road to Thimbleberry, up to Heart Lake and then down to Thimbleberry and the Silver Bay pathway. Its a fun seven miles and you can stop and say hello to the Bears in the Fortress on the way back to the trailhead.
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.
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The City of Sitka has received a Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) grant award to pay for the design and pre-construction of Phase 6 of the Sitka Cross Trail from Kramer Avenue/Benchlands all the way to the AMHS Ferry Terminal and Starrigavan Recreation Area. Funds will be awarded in October and an RFP for design will be developed. The grant application was co written by Lynne Brandon CBS Parks and Recreation and Deborah Lyons Sitka Trail Works Executive Director. This is very good news and signals the beginning of final completion of the Sitka Cross Trail and the multi-use pathway system from Starrigavan to the Paxton Industrial Park (Old Mill Site). Once the design and cost estimates are complete we can begin the work of raising the funding for the final phase of the Cross Trail.
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