Trail Resources

What To Bring on a Hike

Things that you should remember when you are taking a hike in Sitka: These are commonly called the 10 essentials.

  • Water
  • Raincoat
  • Extra Clothes to put on
  • Boots
  • Food (energy bars, trail mix)
  • Extra dry socks
  • Sun block
  • First-aid Kit
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Flashlight
  • Watch
  • Tide Book
  • Knife
  • VHF marine radio, Cell Phone
  • Camera
  • Pepper spray

What To Know

  • Be aware of Bears! Make Noise! Clap, sing, recite poetry. Hike in groups. Practice your "teacher voice".
  • Bring a noise maker: bell or can of nuts and bolts! Hike with a friend or four. Bear spray is good to have, for sure.
  • Everybody in Alaska should read this webpage before travelling in bear country. Don't be "bearanoid" or just sit at home. Learn the facts about bears and act consciously to avoid encounters - but get out and enjoy our amazing trails!
  • Be aware of hypothermia. Dress appropriately.
  • File a hike plan with someone.
  • Bring a watch so you don't lose track of time.
  • Don't forget to pack out your trash.


These links are to our partners or other organizations that have helped Sitka Trail Works.

  • Sitka Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Action Plan. Two great evenings of public input on Sitka's future recreation opportunities.
  • For more information of Guided Hikes in Sitka, visit our Facebook page!
  • Besides our Hiking Trails Page information on the trails in and around Sitka can be found at Matt Goff's Site and at Sitka Through Four Seasons
  • Learn more about the Sitka Trail Plan (pdf). The Sitka Trail Plan calls for 16 new hiking trail construction projects and 14 trail reconstruction projects.
  • SEAtrail - SEAtrails is Southeast Alaska's unique long-distance, community-focused trail system inter-connected by Alaska's Marine Highway System. The site maintains and provides comprehensive information about hiking, biking, paddling and SCUBA diving.
  • City of Sitka - The Sitka Trail Plan calls for 16 new hiking trail construction projects (62.5 miles) and 14 trail reconstruction projects (40.8 miles). The plan also includes a proposed dive trail, improved kayak facilities, 2 ATV trails and 2 new mountain bike trails.
  • State Parks - Sitka, Alaska is located on Baranof Island, along the outer coast of Alaska's Inside Passage. Alaska State Parks manages six state parks near Sitka.
  • National Forest Service - Trails Accessible from the Sitka Road System in the Tongass National Forest. Sitka Ranger District
  • National Park Service - Alaska's oldest federally designated park was established in 1910 to commemorate the 1804 Battle of Sitka.
  • Allen Marine - Allen Marine in Sitka Alaska offers Wildlife Tours and day cruises in Sitka, Alaska.