This challenging trail leads to spectacular views from Narrows Peak at the summit of Petersburg Mountain.Length (one way): 3.5 miles
Rating: Most Difficult
USGS Map: Petersburg D-3
Access: The Petersburg Mountain Trail begins at the Kupreanof state dock just across the Narrows from Petersburg. The Petersburg Mountain Trail leads east (right) from the dock. The trail leading west (left) goes to Petersburg Lake.
Description: The trail leaves the dock and follows an old road bed parallel to the shore. This area is private land and hikers are asked to please stay on the trail. About 1.5 miles from the dock, the trail leaves the road, turns northwest (left) and begins ascending the mountain. The trail registration box is located at this point. The trail climbs steadily, with few switchbacks, through mature forest for the next one and a half miles to the saddle. The trail is not discernible above the saddle; follow the blue trail markers to the peak. An anchored cable near the summit will help you climb.
Attractions: The summit of Petersburg Mountain offers spectacular views of Petersburg, the coastal mountains and glaciers, and Wrangell Narrows. Prior to construction of the trail between 1954 and 1961, determined hikers simply headed straight up the mountain.