Sturgill's Landing

Distance: 10 km
Elevation Gain: 100 m (328 ft)
Time: 4 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Region: Skagway
Date Added: May 16, 2010
Last Update: May 16, 2010
Winter: snowshoeing 

Sturgill's Landing takes you through a nice array of landscapes. A walk through the forest, beside a lake, and down to the oceanside. There are basic camping facilities at the end of the trail.

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A nice view over the town of Skagway.

Lower Dewey Lake, still frozen in May.

Walking through the forest alongside Lower Dewey Lake.

Descending down to Sturgill's Landing.

Sturgill's Landing and the camping area.

Ocean and mountain view.


Snowshoeing in wet snow.

Lower Dewey Lake, covered in snow.

Driving Directions

From downtown Skagway, go to 2nd Avenue and Spring Street. Walk over to the mountain side, over a bridge and across the railroad tracks. The trail starts climbing right away.

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Trail Description

The first section of the hike is the steepest, although it doesn't last long. Follow the wide trail and turn right when you see a sign indicating Dewey Lakes. Duck under the old pipes and continue along the trail.

There is a nice viewpoint of Skagway while you climb along the side of the mountain. After you leave the mountain side, the trail follows alongside Lower Dewey Lake through the forest.

The trail continues through the forest, up and down, until you near the ocean. The trail turns rocky as you descend towards Sturgill's Landing. On a really wet day, the descent can be dangerous. On a nice day, it is no problem at all.

Once down at the oceanside, there are some basic camping facilities like tent spots, fire rings, and an outhouse provided by the National Forest Service.


Coastal snow can be wet and heavy. Wear snowshoes and be prepared to get wet. The descent down to Sturgill's Landing is not recommended if the rocks are wet.