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North Sister Mountain

Kodiak Island, Alaska

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  • The view of North Sister Mountian from the road/ trailhead. - North Sister Mountain
  • The view of Monashka Beach from halfway up North Sister. - North Sister Mountain
  • When you see this site, you know you are close to the top. This is the beginning of the false peaks. - North Sister Mountain
  • A view of the saddle that links North Sister to the Middle Sister.- North Sister Mountain
  • Monkshood, or wolf's bane, just off of the trail. Beware, this pretty flower is poisonous, don't let your pups eat it!- North Sister Mountain
  • Pillar Mountain as seen from halfway up the trail of North Sister.- North Sister Mountain
  • Evidence of goat activity on the top of North Sister.- North Sister Mountain
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views for the entirety of the hike.
Cons: 
Broken bottles and bonfires at the trailhead.
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Region:
Kodiak Island, AK
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Highest point: 
2,100.00 ft (640.08 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
None
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.78 mi (2.86 km)
Total elevation gain: 
1,800.00 ft (548.64 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
300.00 ft (91.44 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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North Sister Mountain is one of three peaks that make up an iconic ridgeline in Kodiak collectively known as The Three Sisters. North Sister is the stepping stone to the other two sisters, but it makes a great hike in and of itself. The trailhead starts at a popular shooting range/ATV rallying location, so be cautious of broken glass, nails, and spent bullets. You can park just within the gravel pit where this frivolity takes place or in the gravel pull-off across the road.

If you hike through the gravel pit up and to the left you will see the gravel path turn into the trail that leads up the front of North Sister. This trail is narrow and can be overgrown with salmonberry bushes and pushki during the summer months, so long pants are recommended even on hot days. There is no plaque to describe this hike, but the inlcline is steep, and you'll gain 1,800 feet over a little less than a mile, so this would be classified as a difficult hike. Footing can be percarious, especially on the way down, and hiking poles can help you feel more confident. The effort this hike requires is well worth it; you'll have beautiful views of Monashka Bay the entire way to the top, and then when you crest the peak you'll have a view of the Monashka reservoir and surrounding mountains. On a good day, you can see the mountains in Katmai National Park across the Shelikof Strait from this vantage point. North Sister also affords a chance to see some spectacular wildlife including eagles, deer, bears, and goats.  

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