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Sitka Walking Tour - East to the Raptor Center

Walking tour of Sitka, Alaska, from the Docks at Crescent Harbor east to the Raptor Center.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: Unknown
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Points of Interest

1. Crescent Harbor cruise ship transfer dock.

Here's where cruise ship passengers arrive in Crescent Harbor. (Some cruise ship passengers transfer at the dock under the bridge.)

The Bishop's House was completed in 1842 and was the center of Russian Orthodox Church authority from California to Siberian Kamchatka, during a time when Imperial Russia was the dominant power in the North Pacific. Sitka, then known as New Archangel, was the Russian colonial capital. Today the Russian Bishop's House is one of four surviving... More

3. Raindance Gallery

Art Gallery run by woodcarver Tommy Joseph. See authentic Tlingit art, watch Tommy work and talk with him about it.

4. St Peter's by the Sea

St. Peter's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church was built in 1899. One of the unusual features about St. Peter's is that the beautiful stained glass window over the front entrance has a Star of David in its center. At the time the church was built, getting a stained glass window to Sitka, Alaska was not an easy task. A window with Christian symbols was... More

5. Crescent Harbor Docks.

6. Sitka Fine Arts Camp

Sitka Fine Arts Camp on the former campus of Sheldon Jackson College provides Alaskan youth with the opportunity to develop artistic interests and skills in an intensive artistic experience through stimulating, high quality instruction in visual arts, music, dance, theater, writing, and Alaska Native Arts.

The Sheldon Jackson Museum contains objects from each of the Native groups in Alaska (Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, Aleut, Alutiiq, Yup’ik, Inupiat and Athabascan) collected by its founder, Sheldon Jackson, between 1887 and 1898

The Sitka Sound Science Center is dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems of the Gulf of Alaska through education and research. The center includes a hatchery and an aquarium.

9. Sitka Sound SC Gift Shop and Chowder Spot.

Just past the Science Center their gift shop and chowder house are in an old tine building.

10. Merrill Rock

E.W. Merrill was a legendary Sitka art photographer. He worked with Governor John G. Brady to install historic totem poles along the Totem trail In Sitka National Historical Park and served as the park's first official custodian from 1919-1922.

11. View from Merrill Rock

E.W. Merrill was a legendary Sitka art photographer. He worked with Governor John G. Brady to install historic totem poles along the Totem trail In SItka National Historical Park and served as the park's first official custodian from 1919-1922. The view from this spot is worthy of a Merrill photo.

12. City Map Kiosk

Sitka National Historical Park preserves the site of a watershed battle between invading Russian traders and indigenous Kiks.ádi Tlingit. Walk the Totem Trail to see Tlingit and Haida totem in an Alaska Rainforest setting.

14. SNHP Trail over Indian River to Raptor Center.

15. On The Trail.

16. Indian River.

The trail passes over the Indian River. Watch for thousands of spawning pink salmon in July, August and September.

17. Follow the Footprints to the Raptor Center

From the SNHP parking lot at the end of the trail, you can just follow the yellow painted bird footprints to the Raptor Center.

18. Turn right, up Raptor Drive.

When you come to Raptor Drive, follow the gravel drive up the hill to the Raptor Center.

19. Up the Gravel Road to the Raptor Center.

20. Sitka Raptor Center.

The Alaska Raptor Center is Alaska's foremost bald eagle hospital and educational center. Each year, the center provides medical treatment to 100-200 injured bald eagles and other birds. Most rescued birds are introduced back into the wild. Some of those that are injured so severely they could not survive in the wild join the Center's... More