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“Great trail”
Review of Heart Lake Trail

Heart Lake Trail
Reviewed May 13, 2013

I wish I could upload a picture I took of the lake, the sun was hitting just perfectly. It's got a hill or two nothing to difficult.

Thank TravelingJade
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

This is just a trail past a couple of lakes for the most part. Watch for bears in the spring.......there have been known to be one or two aggressive ones in the early part of the year.

Thank George W
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

Sitka has many well maintained trails and HLT is one of many. Meander through lush mossy, green magic of the Tongass National forest. Great during summer and spring months. Bring bear spray and hike in groups of three or more.

2  Thank Sandro B
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Reviewed May 24, 2012

Nice even terrain. A few hills to hike up but not to bad very pretty adn quiet we take our dogs and they love it.

Thank Teresa H
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Reviewed October 21, 2011

This is one of the easiest trails we hiked on in Sitka. The trailhead is about 3-4 miles from town on the left side. There is a free and a decent size paved parking area. The signs for the trail are on the left. The trail starts by climbing gently and gradually among tall trees on the gravel wide section crossing the wooden bridges. From the bridge to the Thimbleberry Lake there is not much elevation changed but it is still a pleasant walk.

The day we hiked there we did not see any other hikers but once we got on the less maintained trail from Timbleberry Lake and headed to Heart Lake we met many people with kids and dogs, on foot and bikes going both ways. This became very popular tail. There was one steeper section with a bench to sit and have a look at the path below. Once we got to the top of this section we heard loud barking of dogs. After few minutes we hiked down to the lake while dogs continued barking. We got to the lake and barking dogs were still there. The Heart Lake is in a lovely setting. Four dogs were running and barking. Two other dogs arrived and six dogs, encouraged by their owners, barked as loud as I never heard before. Dogs were happy running freely without leashes, chasing each other and sticks owners threw to them. It is always fun to see dogs under control on trails but noise these six dogs were making diminished our peaceful visit we planned to Heart Lake.

I would go back to this trail for a quick and easy evening or early morning walk to Heart Lake. However, a thought of listening to ear piercing barks echoing on the lake makes me rethink a whole idea of revisiting this trail. Still I feel this is an attractive trail. I wish there were rules in regard to dogs being under control while in areas where other visitors want to enjoy peace and beautiful surroundings. I need to add that we hiked on many trails in Sitka and we saw dogs often but this was only one place where dogs encouraged by owners never stopped barking. We left after about 15 minutes.

6  Thank Places
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