Need to Know
The public can park right before the gate at Herring Cove, at a small pullout.
e bear aware, especially during summer spawning season, as bears frequent the area around the hatchery, including the road and the trail. If biking the road, it is best to slow down when going around blind corners or cresting hills to look for bears. Make noise and remain vigilant on the trail, which is heavily used by bears to access the hatchery at the aptly named Bear Cove.
The trail is prone to blowdown and landslides, so be prepared for obstacles. Rubber boots are recommended for the initial stream crossing and for regular muddy sections along the trail.
The trailhead is unmarked. Trail begins off Green Lake Road near Medvejie Hatchery about 3.25 miles past the gate at the end of Sawmill Creek Road. Green Lake Road is closed to public vehicles, but is accessible to those walking, bicycling, or skiing. When you reach the hatchery, turn left past hatchery employee residences and follow the road about a hundred yards uphill to reach the stream.
After November 2020 storms washed out the footbridge, hikers must ford the stream, which is only recommended when water levels are low. After the crossing, the trail is clear of blowdown and major obstacles as of April 2021.
Shared By: Sitka Trail Works