Follow This Enchanting Trail Through Alaska’s Rainforest For An Unforgettable Experience

The northwest temperate rainforest is as lush and alive as the rainforests of the Amazon, without most of the things that kill you. The cool, rainy climate is perfect for the unique Sitka Spruce and under their canopy an abundance of wildlife, flowers, and berries flourish. Sitka boasts an excellent hiking route that is easily accessible from downtown and a favorite of locals: the Indian River Falls Trial. At 4.5 miles one-way and with a mere 1000 feet of elevation, this trail is moderate and great for a casual day hike with family and friends. Allot about 2-3 hours each way for a full day soaking in the beauty of the rainforest.

The Indian River Trailhead is 0.4 miles down Indian River Road and there’s a parking lot on the right. Map here.

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