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.

Directions:

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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