Hiking and Biking around Kodiak
Kodiak Maps are available and topo maps are at the sporting goods stores,
pick one up to help out.
Or check out the Audubon hikes if you donıt want to tackle these alone.
March 2000. I will be putting up an online map with some picture to help
locate these areas as
soon as the weather warms and the snow melts.
Two public area, Fort Abercrombie (Alaska State Park) and Near Island
Park (Kodiak Borough)
have established trails. There are no other trails that are maintained.
So if you are willing to park
down the road and hunt for the trail head and have a wonderful time seeing
beautiful country, lets go.
Some basic guidelines:
Pack out your trash!
Dress appropriately for the weather. See How to Dress
Respect Private Property
Stay away from restricted military areas.
Consider a compass, map, extra food, water, warm clothes and rain
Beware of Bears: Read Bear Facts
Close to Town
Near Island North End Park
Take the Near Island Bridge and immediately at the end you will see the
trail head and parking.
Great views and beaches. Easy walking.
2.5 miles one way, 1,300 ft.
You can drive to the top but the road is poorly maintained. Or you can
leave your car at the bottom
and walk all the way up and back for some beautiful views or opt for half
way and just do the steep part.
South of Town
Kodiak Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center
has a short Nature Walk next to the center. Look for signs.
Buskin Beach and the lower Buskin River
Just down the road past the Visitors Center.
2500 ft. elevation, 1 to 2 hour climb if your legs donıt give out.
This is Kodiak's most popular mountain. Steep, straight well used trail
leads up the NE ridge.
At the end of the airport runway you will find a broad trail leading up
the road bank into the brush,
follow and old gravel road to the NE ridge of the mountain where the trail
starts on your left. It
leads steeply up through the brush but you will soon be out of the brush
and see some great views.
Women's Bay Old Women's Mountain
2,563 ft to the top, 3 to 8 miles
Great views of the bay and Kodiak city. About one third mile beyond the
airport runway a gravel
road will be on your right. There are Coast Guard signs indicating a Loran
location. At the second
fork in the road turn left and the road ends at the Loran Station in a
parking lot, at the end you
will find the trailhead. You will follow a military road and at the top
there is a shallow lake. A
four-wheeler road leads down the back side of the mountain to Burma Road.
This will take you
to Bellıs Flats and then you can walk the paved road back.
2,300 ft., 6 miles round trip
Past Bell's Flats park your car at the Salonie Creek bridge. Walk back
about 200 yards on your
left you should see a four-wheeler trail after a little less than 2 miles
you will get out of the brush
and be rewarded with some beautiful views of Womenıs Bay and the interior
of Kodiak Island.
2,300 ft., 1,000 ft. to the lake
Around the southern end of Women's Bay as you reach the height of the
other side. There is a
small gravel area to park on the right side. This is a narrow trail with
dense vegetation so donıt
get lost. Remember that compass and map. You will see the power line to
Chiniak and then
continue on to the lake. The lake is a good spot for trout fishing. It
is another mile off to the
right up to the top. Bear country!
Buskin River Valley and Anton Larsen Pass
Buskin Lake and Golf Course
Not much here but a nice place to stroll around the lake. Bear country!
2,400 ft., 2 miles one way
Past the golf course climbing Anton Larsen pass to the ski area (term
used loosely). The trail begins
at the right side of the parking lot. This trail gets steep but it is
a wide open area so you should be
able to find your way. Cascade Lake 2.5 miles one way, 600 ft. Drive till
you reach Anton Larsen
Bay and turn right onto a dirt road, this gets really muddy so donıt go
to far. You will cross
Red Cloud River. At the rocky bluff watch for low or high tide, you might
have to detour a
little for high tide. You will see a brushy hill at the edge of the bay
with a trail that leads to
the lake. The lake leads to a water fall.
North of Town
Great short trails with beaches and well designated trails
Drive on Rezanof past Fort Abercrombie and the dump and for another 8
miles or so to the
end of the road. Nice beaches.
Go down to the beach at the end of the road and then continue to the far
end of the beach.
You should find a trail there that follows the coastline. Following the
edge of the cliffs,
soon you will come to a beach and continue on to nearly the end. At a
large old spruce
tree you will see the trail pick up again. You will come to a second smaller
beach, climb back
into the forest and about a mile further you will come to open meadows
leading to the end
of the trail at Termination Point.
1,800 ft. There is a well used four-wheeler trial at the end of the parking
lot. At the forks
stay to the left. After about a mile you will reach a beaver lake, stay
to the left leaving the
four-wheeler trail. Look for red streamers. Continue up into the forest
along the eastern ridge of the mountain. There are beautiful views at
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