Sitka Trails » Harbor Mountain Parking Lot

Gavan Hill Trail
Harbor Mountain

Connecting Trails

Harbor Mountain Ridge


This hike starts near downtown Sitka and ends at the top of Harbor Mountain Road. Hikers typically make arrangements to get picked up on Harbor Mountain or swap keys with someone going the other way. There are wonderful views of Sitka, Mt. Edgecumbe, and the mountains of Baranof Island when visibility is decent. When visibility of exceptional, mainland mountains can be seen over 120 miles away in the north.

Distance and Time: 6.25 miles; 4-8 hours (one way)

During the alpine adventure run that is put on each summer, the fastest runners typically finish in around 75 minutes. Most typical hikers may want to take more time than this to enjoy the scenery and avoid cardiac arrest.

Difficulty: Moderately Difficult

Elevation Change: Significant

Route Finding: Easy

  • In winter and early spring snow obscures much of the trail, though it is typically not difficult to figure out the correct route if you have been on the trail previously.
Trail Condition: Moderate

  • There are a large number of wooden steps on the Gavan Hill side.
Seasonal Notes


  • Snow may be many feet deep well into May and June, depending on the previous winter.
  • The first wildflowers bloom in mid to late spring in the alpine where the snow has melted.

  • Wildflowers are abundant along most of the trail.

  • Late fall often brings snow to the higher elevations.

Connecting Trails

Harbor Mountain Trail

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© Matt Goff

Created: July 7, 2007
Last updated: July 18, 2007

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