Sitka Trails

August 27, 2007

Indian River Valley

Filed under: Backcountry,Indian River — Matt Goff @ 8:18 pm

Indian River Forest

I hiked up Indian River Trail a couple of miles before venturing off the trail to look around in the west valley. It was a great day for hiking, with sunny skies and comfortably warm temperatures.

The trail was in good condition. I imagine the trail will stay pretty nice until the rain and wind that accompany our Fall and Winter storms arrive later this year. Hopefully the work that was done this summer holds up well.

Other observations from hike.

August 13, 2007

Middle Sister

Filed under: Backcountry,Indian River — Matt Goff @ 6:43 pm

Indian River Valley

Yesterday was my brother’s last full day in town, and he was interested in doing a backcountry hike in the sisters. On what may end up as the warmest day of the year (the temperature got up to 75 in town), we headed out around 9am to climb the Middle Sister. It took us 4 hours or so to reach the summit. From there we followed the ridge back to the last saddle on the south ridge of the North Sister. From there we made our way down into the valley above Indian River Falls. Along the way, we made some unfortunate choices and had to thrash through some unpleasantness (especially considering our warm weather clothing). We finally made it down to the falls about 3 hours after leaving the ridge top. It took us about an hour and fifteen minutes to get back to the trailhead from the falls.

Indian River Trail has seen quite a bit of work done to it since I was last at the Falls in early June. The trail is in very good condition. The brush has been cleared all the way to the falls. The trail itself has been fixed up with several small bridges rebuilt, and several sections with river gravel put in to fix up muddy areas.

We passed four people on our way up Indian River Trail, saw three people coming down the Middle Sister, and passed four people on the trail on our way back. I’m sure there were many more on the trail during the day, given the weekend and weather.

Jonathan Hiking on Alpine Ridge

Mountain View

August 7, 2007

A Wet Day on Indian River Trail

Filed under: Indian River — Matt Goff @ 6:27 pm

Indian River Muskeg

My brother and I hiked up Indian River valley yesterday. We were on the trail up past the second bridge and there doesn’t seem to be any problems with the trail to at least that point, though it was a bit muddy due to the rain.

It is August, which means the pink salmon have started running up the river. We didn’t notice any in the river while we were hiking up, but saw several in the various pools visible from the trail beyond the muskeg. Presumbably either we weren’t paying enough attention, or they moved up with the increased flow brought on by the day’s relatively heavy rain. Of course the bears know the salmon are on their way also, and we saw evidence that at least one bear has been utilizing the trail recently, so it’s probably a good idea to be aware.

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