Moderate Day Hikes

View from shore toward ocean and mountains with a bush and driftwood in foreground.
Looking down Lynn Canal from the beach at Sturgill's Landing.

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Sturgill's Landing
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 7 miles (11 km) round trip
Rating: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 500 ft. (150 m) twice!

Getting to the trailhead: Hike to Lower Dewey Lake. Turn right at the junctions sign and follow the trail to the south end of the lake.

Trail description: Follow the trail to the right (south) through a mixed stand of spruce, hemlock, and lodgepole pine. Just before reaching the stream, the trail splits. Follow the arrow sign to the right for great views and a rocky, but safer descent than the old trail that continues beyond the arrow sign. As you near the water, follow the trail to the right leading toward a picnic table and privy. From here, the trail continues south to the rocky beach. Remains of the sawmill can be seen across the creek.

Sunny view of narrow lake surrounded by trees.
Icy Lake

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Icy Lake and Upper Reid Falls
Time: 4 - 5 hours
Distance: 7 miles (11 km) round trip
Rating: Steep to moderate
Elevation Gain: 850 ft. (250 m)

Getting to the trailhead: At Lower Dewey Lake, turn left at the junction sign and follow the trail north.

Trail description: Cross several wooden footbridges. Continue north through spruce and hemlock forest, continue past the intersection with the trail to Upper Dewey Lake and the access road leading back to Skagway. When Icy Lake comes into view, be sure to locate the trail markers. At the south end of the lake (where you first arrive), the trail heads up hill to the northwest. Continue until you reach a series of beautiful waterfalls.

View of shoreline, mountains, and ocean.
Looking toward Mt. Hart and Harding from Smuggler's Cove.

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Smuggler's Cove

Time: 1-2 hours round trip
4 miles (6.4 km) round trip
Rating: Easy
Elevation Gain: Gain: 50 ft. (15 m)

Getting to the trail: Follow the Yakutania Point route to the rocky plateau just before the privy, and look for a trail leading off to the right.

Trail description: This trail goes through mixed coastal forest to a grassy tidal inlet with the legendary name of “Smuggler’s Cove.” There is a picnic shelter and a privy at this peaceful site. Return to Skagway by the route back through the forest or walk up the grassy slope to the dirt road.


Hiking around Skagway

Last updated: January 24, 2017

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