The Forest Service closes the road in early winter to vehicles, and opens it with adequate snow cover for snow machines and ATVs. For further restrictions and closures, see the USFS Harbor Mountain Recreational Area page.
Need to Know
Campfires are discouraged in this sensitive sub-alpine environment. Beware avalanche areas during the winter.
Wonderful vistas of Sitka Sound, Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, and numerous mountains and islands can be seen from the road and trail. The Harbor Mountain Trail has recently received a major restoration and re-routing by the Forest Service. Many steep grades have been rerouted and the tread smoothed with gravel. They also designed several rock benches for picnic spots along the way. This trail connects with Gavan Hill Trail, which terminates in Sitka on Baranof Street. An emergency shelter is located on a small knob near the saddle between Harbor Mountain and Gavan Hill.