Sturgill's Landing

Skagway, Alaska 99840

Sturgill's Landing

Sturgill's Landing Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A moderate trail traveling by a lake, with views of mountains and glaciers ending at a woodcutter’s camp. Sturgill’s Landing, the site of a woodcutter’s camp in a small, rocky cove on Taiya Inlet, dates from Skagway’s early days. The Forest Service has built a small camp and picnic area on the point above the beach, with tables, fire pits, and an outhouse. There are a very few tent spots nestled among the rocks, pines, and spruces, and a small creek empties onto the cove’s log-strewn beach just to the east.

The view from the beach takes in the mountains and glaciers across the fjord, and if you’re lucky, you might spot a seal or two in the ocean. Also check out the miscellaneous equipment left behind from the woodcutting operation."

Sturgill's Landing Trip Reports

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This is an easy but pretty hike with a trailhead within 10 min of the ship docks. As you can see from the elevation guide, the first half mile is a steep climb to the top of the ridge to the east. Once up top you come into view of the lake and hike a mile south along the west side of the lake right by the water. The forest here is not very impressive. Once you get past the lake, the forest becomes very green and the ground is covered in moss. Once you approach a stream, you are coming towards the end of the magic forest and start a decent that is not nearly as steep as the first section. Not long after the stream there is a large rock field as the trail decends to the shore. Tons of loose rocks here, but there were plenty of stable footholds and I didn't have any sliding issues. The beach is covered in boulders about 3 ft in diameter and lots of large logs. The stream empties at the far end of the beach and to get there, just jog on top of the logs, they are very stable. How good of a view from the beach is entirely weather dependent. This day was pretty cloudy and by far the best part of the hike was through the hemlock forest between the end of the lake and rock field. Also, at the beach I saw no remains of any logging equipment; maybe it was removed recently. Approx. hiking times (in min) (moderate pace with some camera stops). (40 - trail head to end of lake) (53 - end of lake to landing)

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Trail Information

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Best mid-May to early October
Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau, Broadway/2nd Ave. PO Box 1029, Skagway, AK 99840; (888) 762-1898;
Local Contacts
USGS Skagway B-1 (NW); Skagway Trail Map
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