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Mt. Edgecombe

Location Near Sitka on Kruzof Island. Starts at Fred’s Creek Cabin.
State(s) Alaska
Type Backcountry
Length 7.00 Miles / 11.27 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Camping
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




The Mt. Edgecumbe Trail leads seven miles from a remote ocean beach to the summit of Mt. Edgecumbe, a Mt. Fuji-like volcano that is the scenic centerpiece for Sitka, Alaska.

The trail is located on Kruzof Island about ten miles west of Sitka and is accessible by a half-hour boat ride from the Sitka city docks. At the trailhead, a mooring buoy for boat moorage and a new Forest Service recreation cabin were installed in 2003. (The cabin, Fred's Creek Cabin, sleeps eight, and is available for public use through the National Recreation Reservation System). Reconstruction of the entire trail was completed in 2002 using innovative materials and techniques to provide a gravel walking surface that blends seamlessly with the natural environment.

Mt. Edgecumbe Trail begins at Fred's Creek cabin in a Sitka Spruce flat. Heading west, it gradually rises, traversing several miles of muskeg alternating with forest. Four miles up the trail at the crook in a small stream, a three-sided Adirondack shelter built from local timbers is available free of charge for hikers. About a mile past the shelter, the trail steepens considerably as it climbs the mountain's flank. An English trail construction method known as "stone pitching" was used in this section to create a flagstone surface to rehabilitate the heavily eroded trail section. Timberline is reached at about 2000 feet in elevation. The final steep pitch of the mountain slope to the crater rim is covered by red volc (Continued...)


Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 1/1

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

snow cover in winter


located on Kruzut Island about 10 miles west of Sitka. Access is by boat or helicopter across Sitka Sound. The trail begins near Freds Creek recreation rental cabin


Additional Information

Width: 18 inches.

Primary Surface: Not Available

Secondary Surface: None

Average Grade: 0%

Elevation Low Point: Not Available

Elevation High Point: Not Available

Year Designated: 1979

Date Last Updated: 09/26/2012


Contact Information

Trail Management:
District Ranger
Tongass National Forest
Sitka Ranger District
201 Katlian St., Ste. 109
Sitka , AK 99835
(907) 747-6671


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