Alaska January 26, 2020
Hike The Rocky Shoreline Out To Smugglers Cove For Breathtaking Views In Alaska
There are so many stunning hikes all over this huge, amazing state we live in. If you’re looking for an easy hike with an incredible payoff, Smugglers Cove and Yakutania Point offer beautiful views after traveling a short, accessible trail. Located in Skagway, Alaska, this hike should be on everyone’s to-do list.
This fun, short hike starts close to town in Skagway, Alaska.
It is a quick out and back trail, with only 68 total feet of elevation gain. This makes it very accessible for many ages and skill levels.
Many travelers heading to Sitka on cruise ships find this to be a great way to get beautiful views of the area without having to travel out of town.
The 1.4 mile hike makes for a quick journey. You can finish the whole walk in under an hour, even if you take your time.
After crossing the Skagway River, you'll head into the forest.
This is great if the weather is rainy and windy, as the trees will provide cover for you. Otherwise it provides an opportunity to feel like you're in the wilderness, even though you're close to town.
The forest is quiet, and although the trail is popular, it feels secluded.
Pack good, sturdy shoes for the rocky areas. Halfway into the trail you'll pass by Yakutania Point, where you can watch the cruise ships come in.
If you continue on, you'll make it all the way to Smugglers Cove.
You can actually continue on from this point, and do a rough loop if you don't want to come back in the way you came. There are a couple of short spurs off of this trail if you're looking to explore a little more!
The trailhead starts by the Sitka Airport.
There's plenty of parking, and even bathrooms available close by. If you're accessing the trail from downtown, follow Main Street until you see the road Terminal Way. Follow that around the corner to the parking lot.
This is a beautiful hike, no matter the season or the weather.
If you're visiting Sitka, make sure to put this at the top of your list. A quick, easy, hike with a stunning view, this hike will leave you with the best memories of this gorgeous little town.
Have you hiked this beautiful trail to Smugglers Cove before? What did you think? Will you try it again next time you’re in Skagway? Let us know in the comments below!
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Address: Smugglers Cove, Skagway, AK 99840, USA