Gavan Hill Trail


Length (one way): 3 miles
One Way Trip Time: 3 to 4 hours
Trail Begins: Baranof Street, in north Sitka.
Trail Ends: Gavan Hill Summit, elevation 2505 feet.
Trail Rating: Moderate. Rebuilt in 1993. Steep uphill climb. Bears may be present.
Recommended Season: Spring-Summer-Fall
USGS Maps: Sitka A-4
Elevation Gain: 2,500 feet
Access: The trail begins within walking distance of downtown Sitka. The marked trailhead is just past the house at 500 Baranof Street.

Marching outside with dense vegetation

Areas of dense vegetation

Marching outside with dense vegetationPlaces of dense, shrubby or bushy as beech forests or coihue of Araucania and Patagonia are virtually impenetrable and can cause unpleasant surprises in the security group if they do not follow certain rules designed to facilitate foot traffic.

  • The breaks or stops grouping should be in comfortable places, that is, less dense vegetation. Typically, the first guide that will be forced to make frequent stops to avoid losing sight of the group, and managed to regroup when necessary.