Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Sitka

Harbor Mountain Road and Trail

Experience a variety of habitats on this trail.

Harbor Mountain Road takes you from sea level to the subalpine zone over a 5.5 mile route. The trail continues into the alpine areas and drops back in elevation to Sitka over a 6.2 mile hiking route. There are numerous road-side pull-offs located along the road and including a picnic site with outhouse located near mile 5, about ½ mile before the trailhead. The route crosses a variety of habitats including young and mature spruce forests, open meadows, and subalpine and alpine habitats.


From Sitka, drive 3.2 miles north on Halibut Point Road. Turn right on Harbor Mountain Road/Forest Service Road 7576 and drive 5.5 miles to the end of the road and trailhead for Harbor Mtn/Gavan Hill Trail.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee.
Chestnut-backed Chickadee. Photo: Milo Burcham

Birding Resources:

eBird Hotspot: Sitka--Harbor Mountain Road

Other Resources:

Harbor Mtn Picnic Site (Pit toilet available)

Harbor-Gavan Hill Shelter (camping shelter available on first-come basis)

Harbor Mnt./Gavan Hill Trail map and information

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