Verstovia Trail

The Verstovia trail is 1.9 miles long. It begins at the Trailhead sign located along Sawmill Creek Road and ends at a rock knob at the top of Verstovia. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking

At a Glance

Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Sitka
Operated By: Tongass NF-Sitka RD

General Information

Directions: Trailhead two miles east of Sitka on Sawmill Creek Road.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Day Hiking

Level of difficulty is difficult. This is a steep trail with many switchbacks. The lower hill slope was logged by the Russians in the 1860’s. Russian charcoal pits are still somewhat visible about a quarter mile up the trail which was first built in the 1930’s as a recreation trail. The first short segment of the trail runs through thickets of alder and salmonberry; then enters a western hemlock-spruce forest where it remains until breaking over the ridge on the west shoulder of Mt. Verstovia. About a third of a mile along the trail are a series of switchbacks up the southwest side of the mountain. There are a couple of viewpoints in forest openings along this part of the trail. At about 2,000 feet the trail reaches a gentle ridge and generally follows it east up to the shoulder of Mt. Verstovia (2,550 feet). The vegetation change between the 2,000 foot level and summit is dramatic: from an open forest dominated by mountain hemlock into brushy meadows, across snowfields, through grassy sub-alpine meadows and finally into a rocky alpine area. The peak of Mt. Verstovia can be climbed by heading northeast along the rocky alpine ridge. It takes about an hour to reach and climb the peak from the end of the trail, and is quite steep and exposed—only for the sure-footed climbers. B295

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  Area/Length : 
1.9 miles

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  Elevation : 
2550 ft