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Harbor Mountain
Trail Overview

Destinations
Connecting Trails

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Harbor Mountain
Trail in Fall

Summary:

Harbor Mountain Road provides the only vehicle access to the alpine in Southeast Alaska. It was built during World War II to provide access for military emplacements near the top. Currently a picnic area and the trailhead for Harbor Mountian Trail are accessible via the road.

Seasons: All

There are 3 gates along the road that may be closed to passenger vehicles when snow and ice warrant. When the snow pack is sufficient, the road and upper alpine areas are opened to use by ATVs and snowmobiles.

Difficulty: Easy to Moderately Difficult

Elevation Change: Significant

  • The road gains about 2000 feet of elevation from the base of the mountain to the end.
  • The trail gains an addition 1100+ feet to the Summit of Harbor Mountain.
Route Finding: Moderately Easy

Trail Condition: Poor to Good

  • Trails to the picnic area are in good condition.
  • Most of Harbor Mountain Trail is in moderate to good condition with the exception of the spur to the summit which is in poor.
Getting There:

Drive out Halibut Point Road until you see the signs for Harbor Mountain via Kramer Avenue. Turn right (just before the Channel Club) and follow the road up as far as it is open (6 miles to the top).

Things to See

  • Excellent views of Mt. Edgecumbe and Sitka Sound from various points along the road and trail.
  • A relatively short hike up the bowl provides an overlook of Sitka.
  • The sub-alpine and alpine habitats are easily accessible via Harbor Mountain Road.
Destinations

Destination Distance (one way/round trip)
Time (one way/round trip)
Picnic Area .1 miles
10-30 minutes
Bowl/Overlook .5 miles/1 mile
15-30 minutes/45 minutes-90 minutes
Peaks 1.5 miles/3 miles
45 minutes-1.5 hours/1.5-3 hours
Shelter 2.5 miles/5 miles
1-2 hours/2-5 hours
Gavan Hill Trailhead 6.25 miles
3-6 hours
Connecting Trails

Gavan Hill Trail

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© Matt Goff

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

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