In the summer, this trail combines berry picking, salmon viewing, wonderful views of the fjord, and exquisite beaches into one neat package. Depart from the trailhead near Miller’s Landing and follow an old logging trail that is draped with huge alders and massive, old-growth spruce trees (thanks to the abundant rains and relatively balmy temperatures near the water). Because this is an old roadbed, the grades are easily managed, but you’ll encounter some muddy sections and plenty of loose rocks, so a pair of waterproof boots with stiff ankles is highly recommended.
Along the way, raspberry and salmonberry bushes grow together with ferns and devil’s club in the rich soils. If the berries are ready—typically from early to mid August— this is a perfect place to pick while you hike.
As you near Tonsina Point, the trail reaches its highest elevation and then crisscrosses down the mountain side on a recently updated trail, with a few hand rails and better drainage. When you reach the bottom, the trail deposits you on a bridge over a crystal clear creek, which offers great salmon viewing in July and August (usually for dog salmon, but you might also spot some pinks and even a Dolly Varden or two as they snack on fresh salmon eggs). From the bridge, follow a trail out to the surf, where you can picnic, have a bonfire, and enjoy views for miles on a clear day. Don’t forget to look closely in the treetops: bald eagles are regular visitors to this area.