SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the morning of Thursday, Feb. 20

Senior Hiking Club Feb 2014

The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead.

Ray Friedlander, the Tongass National Forest Community Organizer for the Sitka Conservation Society, will join the group for this hike. She will discuss her work with the Sitka Conservation Society and how people can be better stewards of the Tongass.

Normally, the group usually picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. Please note that recently the dates of the senior hikes have changed to Thursdays from Wednesdays. During the winter, hikers are encouraged to bring cleats such as YakTrax, and 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).

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 Alli Gabbert at 747-6859 or email her at

• February 2014 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

Carin Farley and Deborah Lyons to discuss ‘The Trails of Sitka’ in Sitka Conservation Society’s Backwoods and Waters lecture series

TrailsofSitka_talkCarin Farley from the Sitka National Historical Park and Deborah Lyons of Sitka Trail Works will discuss “The Trails of Sitka” on Sunday, March 10, as part of the Sitka Conservation Society‘s Backwoods and Waters lecture series. The talk takes place at 5 p.m. on March 10, at Kettleson Memorial Library, with a gear exchange from 3-4:30 p.m. just before the talk.

Carin and Deborah will provide an update on Sitka’s trail system, including information about what various agencies, non-profit groups and volunteers are doing to create a world-class trail system in Sitka. This is a good time to learn how you can become involved, so you can help Sitka as it works to complete the Sitka Trail Plan of 2003 (note, opens as PDF file). Carin also will discuss the new Park Prescriptions program, where local health providers write prescriptions for their patients to take hikes at Sitka National Historical Park.

“Carin and I will just be trying to get people excited about hiking the trails and walking in the park,” Deborah said. “It’s just a feel-good thing. I’ll be sharing about how we are working to complete our Trail Plan with projects at the (Fort Rousseau) Causeway (State Historic Site) and the Sawmill Creek Phase III upgrade scheduled for this year.”

In addition to the talk, there also will be a gear exchange so Sitka residents can swap, sell, barter and trade unused or outgrown outdoor gear. There will be tables set up for people to use in the exchange.

For more information, contact Ray Friedlander at the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or