Near Island - South End Trail

Difficulty

Easy

Take the left fork in the road after the bridge and follow it down to the Trident Basin floatplane harbor. Park your car there and walk back up the road a little way until you see a small turnout on the south side of the road. The trail begins here. This is an unimproved trail, and although rough and a bit muddy in places, it is well worth the effort. Keep left at the fork in the trail after about 1/3 mile. Cross a wide rocky beach and continue along cliffs through meadows to the south cape. Return on the same path.

During summer the meadows are full of wildflowers and the views of Chiniak Bay are spectacular. The south cape is a good place to look for Horned and Tufted Puffins, Balck-legged Kittiwakes, Pelagic and Double-crested Cormorants, Black Oystercatchers and various ducks including Harlequins, scoters and Long-tailed Ducks. The forest and alders are home to warblers, chickadees, Varied and Hermit Thrushes, Golden-crowned and Fox Sparrows, nuthatches, kinglets and woodpeckers. Watch for the large, dark Song Sparrows along the coast.

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 57.777912
Longitude: -152.405373