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Provides upper Starrigavan Valley views to reach a scenic muskeg.


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

94' 29 m

High

62' 19 m

Low

48' 15 m

Up

35' 11 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

4%

Max Grade (2°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding

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Along the Estuary Life portion of the trail there is a bird viewing platform from which many different birds and other wildlife can be seen.

Description

The trail gently climbs through a typical southeastern Alaska forest to reach a scenic muskeg, dotted with small ponds and stunted lodgepole (shore) pines. This trail is barrier free, and rated at difficult for accessibility, with some grades up to 12%.

The trail begins by gradually climbing across a side hill to a forested muskeg with small streams. The trail is gravel until it reaches the outskirts of the muskeg on the top of a low hill. Through the muskeg, the trail is a boardwalk and winds among marshy ponds until reaching the forest again, with views up Starrigavan valley. The trail gradually descends through the forest with occasional glimpses through the trees of Starrigavan estuary.

At the base of the hill, the trail crosses Nelson Logging Road and crosses Starrigavan River to the Estuary Life portion of the trail. In late summer and early fall spawning salmon may be seen from the bridge. This portion of the trail continues on boardwalk at a gentle 5% grade for about a quarter mile to a bird viewing platform. Bears are common feeding on the grassy flats in the estuary, and sometimes use the trails. Interpretive panels discuss the birds that use the estuary and the fascinating dynamics of an estuary.

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Sitka Trail Works

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#13

in Sitka

#20682

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#13

in Sitka

#210

in Alaska

#20,682

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