Tongass National Forest (Hoonah)
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
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
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.
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.