Hike Location: Sitka National Historical Park
Geographic Location: east side of Sitka, AK (57.04890, -135.31980)
Length: 1.7 miles
Difficulty: 1/10 (Easy)
Last Hiked: July 2011
Overview: A loop hike passing 18 totem poles and an historic battlefield.
Park Information: http://www.nps.gov/sitk/index.htm
Hike Route Map: https://www.mappedometer.com/?maproute=723728
Directions to the trailhead: Sitka, AK is accessible only by boat or seaplane. Sitka National Historical Park is located at the end of Lincoln Street 0.4 miles east of downtown Sitka.
The hike: For an overview of Sitka and southeast Alaskan history, see the previous hike. Due to the lack of gold and shallow harbor (too shallow for major cargo ships or cruise ships to dock), Sitka defied the American gold rush and preserved much of its Russian and Tlingit heritage. The city’s Russian roots can be seen in the historic churches and other buildings in downtown Sitka, while Tlingit heritage is preserved here at Sitka National Historical Park.
The park’s centerpieces are the historic Tlingit fort site and the 1804 battlefield where the Russians defeated the Tlingit. The Visitor Center contains some interesting exhibits about the Tlingit culture. The hike described here begins at the Visitor Center and passes every major point of interest in the park.
|Trailhead for Totem Trail Loop|
|Totem pole near tall spruce and hemlock trees|
|Tlingit fort site|
|Bridge across Indian River|