Sealion Beach Trail, Kruzof Island

For the adventurous hikers, there is a very interesting trail on Kruzof Island north of Sitka. It starts on the west of side of the meadow at the south end of Kalinin Bay and ends at a pristine sand beach on the west side of the island. The trail goes through muskeg country over board walks and along the shore of a small lake before dropping down to marsh meadows. It is about 3.5 miles one way. The start of the trail can be precarious as you pass through active brown bear habitat. One time we counted over 40 piles of bear scat from the shoreline to the trail marker at the tree line. Go in a group and make lots of noise. Also, be careful on some of the board walks as they can be slippery. This is a lovely, moderate hike and a welcome relief from perhaps days of being boat bound.

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About Fred Cooper

Alaska resident at the time of statehood; retired professional civil engineer and for 35 years owner of an engineering company; firmer owner and skipper of the Nordic Quest; author, avid fisherman and world traveler. Lives with his wife and their water-loving standard schnauzer in Portland, Oregon.
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