Elevation Gain: Less than 500 ft
Explore wilderness in the city! This trail traverses the town and is used by cyclists, workers on lunch breaks, and dog walkers. It’s also a great running trail, since it’s developed and well maintained. The trail connects with the Indian River Trail and the Gavan Hill Trail, and planners hope to expand it all the way to the ferry terminal!
Started in 1998 by loggers who were out of work following the closure of the local sawmill, this trail travels through a variety of woods, including large old-growth forest and smaller second-growth trees. There’s also a muskeg section near Indian River and an overlook near Cascade Creek, with views of Sitka Sound and Mount Edgecumbe.
You can access the trail from downtown via the Baranof Street trailhead. There’s a nice raised boardwalk, and then you’ll hit the Cross Trail. You can go left on the Cross Trail, turn left at the “Y” and follow this to the local high school and back to town on Lake Street.
Or turn right at the “Y” and continue on for another mile to Cascade Creek Road. You can also exit the Trail at the Kimsham Ball fields and Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School. A three-block walk downhill takes you to Halibut Point Road, where you can take the Community Ride bus back downtown.
Or begin at Baranof Street Gavan Hill Trailhead, go right at the Cross Trail intersection, and follow the Cross Trail to Indian River Trail. Turn right (downstream) to the Indian River Trailhead and catch the Community Ride bus back downtown.