Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Water Unknown
About Sturgills Camp and Picnic Area

This recreation site is on a beach at the end of a 7-mile trail maintained by the City of Skagway. The last 1/4 mile or so is part of the Forest Service picnic site. There are 3 picnic sites with one picnic table each. A single pit toilet is available for all three sites. There is no potable water available, and any water taken from streams should be treated prior to drinking.

USDA Forest Service
Hike In
Boat In
Fires Allowed
Picnic Table
Sturgills Camp and Picnic Area is located in Tongass National Forest in Alaska
59.4206 N
-135.3356 W
Get Directions
Go east on 2nd Avenue past the railroad depot. Where the railroad tracks cross the road turn left and follow the tracks 400 feet north to the trailhead (beware of trains when crossing the tracks!) A short distance up the hill the trail branches off to the right (continuing straight up the hill here is a steep power company maintenance road). Descend the wooden staircase, duck under the water pipe, and continue up the hill. The trail jogs left and crosses a short footbridge. Here the trail continues on a steep uphill for about 350 feet. There is a clearing and rock bench at the top of this incline with a view of town and the harbor. Continue up the steep switchback trail staying generally to the right at intersections. Notice where the trail appears to be going straight ahead but actually turns sharply right. Going straight here leads to a reservoir and trail to the north end of the lake. It is advised to take the sharp right to access the lake. Follow the trail to the south end of the lake. Here follow the trail to the right (south) through a mixed stand of spruce, hemlock, and lodge pole 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.
2 Reviews of Sturgills Camp and Picnic Area
Great place to spend the night

This campground is a three mile hike up into the mountain from the city of Skagway. You’ll end up on the shore in the Taiya Inlet. The sites are placed greatly and the view is spectacular, be weary of the wind. The hike is switchbacks for a mile, then small ups and downs until you descend to the shore. Fire pits, buckets for water, and picnic tables are there. The hike is incredible and recommend going on a sunny day after a long rain. You will run into Lower Lake along the way which also has a few camping spots.

First to Review
Nice hike

This site is mostly about the hike; not many facilities, but not needed. The first few switchbacks were the worst of the hike. You get a nice view of town on the way up, then you can go around the entire lake. There's a picnic table and several small cleared areas to pitch. The locals and seasonal workers flock here to swim on warm days so expect lots of activity if it's warm out. You can continue on the "Lower Loop" which will take you back down to the trailhead, or you can continue up to Upper Lake.