Sitka National Historical Park temporarily closes trail during maintenance building construction

Construction of a replacement on-site maintenance building has begun at Sitka National Historical Park, just northeast of the visitor center upper parking lot. During construction, the short walking trail from the northeast side of the upper parking lot connecting to the Riverview Trail will be closed to visitors. All other trails will be unaffected and remain open to visitors.

Visitors can expect to see construction equipment and contractors working from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays during the construction period, which should end about May 25. These closures will be in the upper parking lot and adjacent to the Riverview Trail. Please use caution when traveling near this area.

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Jessica Perkins, at 747-0153 or jessica_perkins@nps.gov.

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SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the afternoon of Thursday, March 22

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 1-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the Green Lake Road trailhead.

Normally, the group picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring ice cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Clare Kelly at 747-6859 or email her at ckelly@sailinc.org. The calendar includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• SAIL events calendar for March 2018