Sitka Trail Works provides landslide trail status update and announces this Saturday’s hike

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On Saturday, Aug. 29, Sitka Trail Works will lead a hike on the newly repaired Herring Cove trail. The hike will include the loop around Beaver Lake before returning to the trailhead. Meet at 9 a.m. at the trailhead at the end of Sawmill Creek Road.

The Herring Cove trail has numerous stone steps and some short, steep sections, but is suitable for a person of average physical ability. There are three waterfalls and a lake adjacent proposed hiking route. The 2014 storm damage that occurred to this trail was repaired earlier this year in a joint effort by Sitka Trail Works and the U.S Forest Service Sitka Ranger District, with grant funding from the State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program. Sitka Trail Works board member Deanna Bennett will lead this hike.

As a result of the Aug. 18 landslides, several trails are closed or impassable, and the public is to avoid those areas and select alternate trail areas.

The Cross Trail from Cascade Creek to Kramer is closed to preserve site control of the landslide remediation efforts. The remainder of the Cross Trail, from Cascade Creek through to Indian River, is somewhat damaged, but passable. The trail to Heart Lake from Blue Lake Road is impassable and closed. Blue Lake Road remains closed to pedestrian traffic.

The Gavan Hill Trail to Harbor Mountain above the Cross Trail to the Lookout is impassable. The Gavan Trail below the Cross Trail to Baranof trailhead is closed as crews work to remove the old boardwalk. The Gavan route from Baranof trailhead to the Cross Trail is being replaced with a new section of the Cross Trail and will be reopened later this summer. The trail to Beaver Lake from the Sawmill Creek campground at the end of Blue Lake road was also damaged by slides and should be avoided.

Trails undamaged by the landslides include all three in the Starrigavan area, Indian River, Verstovia and Herring Cove.

For more information, visit the Sitka Trail Works website or call the office at 747-7244.

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