Sitka Trail Works to host trail maintenance day on Saturday, Sept. 17

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SitkaTrailWorksLogoSitka Trail Works board members are hosting a trail maintenance day at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, meeting at the parking area on the uphill side of the road just beyond Whale Park.

The effort will focus on pulling young alders on the ocean-side of the Sawmill Creek Road separated multi-use path, past Whale Park, to keep the view open. Participants are asked to bring work gloves and five-gallon buckets.

For further information, please call the Sitka Trail Works office at 747-7244.

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Mosquito Cove Trail to be closed for trail maintenance on July 21

Mosquito Cove Trail photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org

Mosquito Cove Trail (photo by Matt Goff of SitkaTrails.org)

SitkaTrailWorksLogoThe Old Sitka State Historical Interpretive site parking lot and the Mosquito Cove Trail will be closed Thursday, July 21, so that Sitka Trail Works can helicopter transport gravel for a trail maintenance project.

Additional trail maintenance work is scheduled later this summer and is being funded by a Recreational Trail grant. Sitka Trail Works apologizes for any inconvenience.

For questions, please call Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

Sitka Trail Works to host guided kayak trek to Fort Rousseau WWII installation

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SitkaTrailWorksLogoSitka Trail Works is sponsoring a guided kayak trek to the Fort Rousseau Causeway State Historic Site on Saturday, June 25.

This trek features two hours of kayak paddling, plus a 2 1/2-hour easy stroll to the historic World War II installations. For the more adventurous, there are a few sections of difficult scrambling over large armor rock to go further along the causeway.

Contact Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures at 752-0660 to reserve a spot for just $99 plus tax (a $50 discount from usual price). You’ll see ammunition bunkers and machine gun platforms. If you intend to go inside the bunkers, you’ll need a flashlight or headlamp. Water and a snack are suggested. This trip is a good way to learn more about Sitka’s role in World War II.

Meet at 9:15 a.m. at the big blue Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures bus in the Crescent Harbor parking lot. Thank you Sitka Sound Ocean Adventures for partnering on this Sitka Trail Works fundraiser. For more information, contact Sitka Trail Works at 747-7244.

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Sitka Trail Works to host Sea Lion Cove hike June 11 on Kruzof Island

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SitkaTrailWorksLogoReady for a day at the beach? Sitka Trail Works is offering a trip to hike the 2.5-mile trail to the beach at Sea Lion Cove on outer Kruzof Island on Saturday, June 11. The Allen Marine Tours catamaran will leave Crescent Harbor dock at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and will return at 5:30 p.m. The 45-minute boat ride to the trailhead at Kalinin Bay is through the protected waters of Olga Strait and Salisbury Sound.

If you are looking for a day-hike that packs the most diversity for your effort, the Sea Lion Cove trail is a must. Muskeg, mountains, forest, rushing streams, a lake, estuary and a sandy beach, Sea Lion Cove trail has it all. Littered with driftwood and brilliantly colored seaweeds and shells, hikers spend hours combing the sand for treasures.

Although finding transportation to Sitka’s brilliant neighbor — Kruzof Island — can sometimes be difficult to access, Sitka Trail Works offers transportation and company once a year on this guided hike. The trip is a great way to meet new people with similar interests, enjoy a diversity of habitats, and bring home a few beauties for the beach combing collection.

This trip is part of Sitka Trail Works’ calendar of annual guided hikes which promote trails and get hikers out to enjoy Sitka’s amazing trail system. Find the calendar at sitkatrailworks.org. Guided hikes are important fundraisers for the organization, too.

Call Sitka Trail Works soon, 747-7244 to sign up and purchase your $100 ticket, which includes a Sitka Trail Works membership. The hike sells out quickly.

Sitka Trail Works announces trail maintenance project for National Trails Day

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Help Sitka Trail Works celebrate National Trails Day by participating in its annual trail maintenance event.

Meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, at the Kimsham trailhead entrance to the Cross Trail. This year’s trail maintenance event will feature Sitka Trail Works board members and others making repairs to the Cross Trail from the water tower to Cascade trailhead. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle, and favorite gloves, pruners and loppers.

More information is available at http://www.sitkatrailworks.org or by calling 747-7244.

Sitka Trail Works releases weekend guided hike schedule for the 2016 summer

SitkaTrailWorksLogoSitka Trail Works will kick off its 2016 summer series of weekend hikes on Saturday, May 7, with a lesson on geocaching taught by volunteers. After a short tutorial at 8:30 a.m. at the Sitka High School entrance to the Cross Trail, participants will go discover some local geocaches (bring a smartphone or GPS device, if you have one).

The series of weekend hikes are led by various members of Sitka Trail Works, and there also are occasional bike rides and kayak trips on the schedule. Most of the hikes near town are free (donations are accepted), but some of the hikes require a boat trip and those have fees. The schedule runs through the end of August.

Sitka Trail Works recently announced the repair Heart Lake Stream trail-crossing on the Thimbleberry and Heart Lakes Trail, with a crew led by Troy Bayne. They also fixed part of the Cross Trail. These trails were repaired using state disaster funds following the Aug. 18, 2015, landslide.

On National Trails Day (Saturday, June 4), Sitka Trail Works and other groups will work on repair work to Cross Trail from the water tower to Cascade. This project starts at 9 a.m. on June 4, and people should meet at the Kimsham Trailhead. Tools will be available, but you should bring gloves, pruners and toppers, if you have them.

Don’t forget to check the Sitka Trail Works website for current trail condition reports.

Get up and move on Wednesday, April 6, for National Walking Day

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Wednesday, April 6, is the American Heart Association‘s National Walking Day, and on this day companies, organizations and individuals across America are going to wear sneakers to work, take 30 minutes to walk and pledge to live heart-healthy lives.

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

Photo courtesy of Sitka National Historical Park

These days, adults like spend more time at work than ever before, much of it chained to a desk. An unfortunate side effect is that, as a nation, we’re becoming more inactive. This is a problem when you consider the fact that physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease.

On National Walking Day, employees are encouraged to wear sneakers to work and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to give your co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier life.

By downloading the National Walking Day toolkit, worksite employee wellness teams can design one-day walking events or six-week walking programs to help get employees and bosses more active. Some tips include holding walking meetings, setting up printers so you have to walk down the hall to get your printouts, standing up every time you talk on the phone, and holding lunchtime walks. Getting out and walking helps reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, some forms of cancer and other medical conditions, and walking also helps relieve work stress and gives employees a chance to recharge for the rest of the work day.

In Sitka, people can participate in a variety of walking/hiking programs, such as Park Prescriptions and the Park Prescriptions Active April Challenge, the Senior Walking Hours program at the Hames Center, the Southeast Alaska Independent Living (SAIL) Senior Hiking Club (note, next hike is 1-3:15 p.m. on April 14 on the Cross Trail), Sitka Trail Works, and more. Or they can walk on their own, with family or their dogs. Just get out and enjoy Sitka’s natural beauty by hiking one of Sitka’s numerous trails, the Sitka Sea Walk, or through the totem trails at Sitka National Historical Park.