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Tongass National Forest (Hoonah)


Coyote Beach
A short trail leads from Forest road 8530 to Coyote Beach, 25 miles south of Hoonah. Named for a rock, which from a certain angle creates the profile of a coyote, this is a nice place to spend a quiet afternoon. The rocky beach provides opportunities for viewing marine life on rocks, watching passing whales, and enjoying the view of Chatham Strait.

Neka Hotsprings
From Hoonah go by kayak, skiff or landing craft 16 miles southwest through Port Frederick to Eight Fathom Dock, then by land on Forest road 8580. This single-lane road is an adventure in itself. Hike, bike, ski or drive the eight miles to the trailhead. A boardwalk leads to a barrier free hot tub and toilet. Expect to see wildlife, and be on the lookout for brown bears which commonly use the area.


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Whitestone Harbor Recreation Site

Located 15 miles south of Hoonah, at the end of Forest road 8530-4, this was the former location of a logging camp. Available is space for dispersed camping, picnicking, shore fishing, and viewing scenery. An unsurfaced roadway leads into the bay and can be used for launching boats at high tide. Gravel beaches lead in both directions from the road end, providing opportunity for viewing marine life along the waterline. Fishing and pleasure boats often anchor in the protected seclusion of the harbor.

Wukuklook Beach
This half-mile barrier free boardwalk leads from Forest road 8530 to Wukuklook Beach, at the confluence of Wukuklook Creek and Chatham Strait. The trail winds through a combination of arching Sitka spruce forest and open meadowland before reaching the mile-long crescent of Wukuklook Beach. From the beach you are presented with a panoramic view of Chatham Strait, where you may see marine traffic and passing whales. Looking inland, the estuary of Wukuklook Creek provides a dramatic foreground against the rocky backdrop of Sonyakay Ridge. This is bear country; be cautious when hiking the trail, and particularly when salmon are spawning in the creek. Practice bear-smart principals.

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