Hiking and Bird-Watching in Sitka

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Hiking and Bird-Watching

Sitka Trail Works. Get a map of local trails from Sitka Trail Works. 801 Halibut Point Rd., Sitka, AK, 99835. 907/747–7244. www.sitkatrailworks.org.

Starrigavan Recreation Area. Seven miles north of Sitka, Starrigavan Recreation Area is a peaceful, end-of-the-road place to explore the rain forest. The state ferry terminal is less than a mile from Starrigavan, and a popular Forest Service campground is also here. Several easy trails lead hikers through the area, including the ¼-mile boardwalk Estuary Life Trail. It circles a small estuary and includes a bird-viewing shelter and access to a nearby artesian well. The ¾-mile Forest and Muskeg Trail winds through a spruce-hemlock forest and traverses a muskeg, with interpretive signs along the way. Across the road is the delightful 1¼-mile loop Mosquito Cove Trail, which skirts the rocky shoreline to Mosquito Cove before returning through thickly forested hills. Halibut Point Rd., Sitka, AK, 99835. 907/747–4216.

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