This is the beach that is the hardest to find in the park as the access road is gated but if you are walking you can just walk around the gate...or you can take the trail that starts just to the left as you approach Lake Gertrude. If you want to get away from everyone although there is hardly ever that many people at once in the park this is the beach to go to as no one will be hanging out here.
I'm calling this "Off the beaten path" because most people will sleep right through this time of day. But it shouldn't be missed! It is usually very quiet at this time of day. You can hear the seabirds that live in the rocky cliffs starting their day.
You can still find plenty of these old World War II era culverts running under the side roads. Although most of them aren't in that great of condition anymore. Of course all of the new ones are made of either metal or plastic.
You will find some huge Sitka Spruce trees that are blown over from some of the powerful storms that we have here. A couple of years ago we had a recorded wind gust of 116 MPH. The Sitka Spruce have a very shallow root system so in wet areas they can be very unstable. They don't snap off (although they can) usually the whole tree including the root wad will blow over. Beware of camping under the wrong tree during a big windstorm!
There is a group recreation site with covered picnic area is available with a prepaid reservation. It is located just down the road from the headquarters office. The access road is gated so if you want to drive in you would have to pay...I'm not sure what the rates are. But if you contact them you can find out. If you were just a small group and wanted to walk in there wouldn't be anyone there to charge you. The access trail for that is just to the left of the first spot that you can see Lake Gertrude you will see the trail and it's only a few minutes walk to the seclusion. But if a paying group wanted to use it you would have to leave. I've only ever seen one group using the facilities here and that was on a Sunday.
Well there really aren't many "Off the Beaten Paths" here most of them are quite beaten as the trails are quite easy for hiking and being just a few miles from down town they get lot's of use. The walks are quite beautiful through the Spruce Forests.
Here just past the 8 inch gun tube you can see Spruce Island which is home to Ouzinkie a small village of traditional fisherman and people that live off the land. If you enlarge the photo you can see several of the houses just to the right of my sons chest. The body of water that is pictured is called Narrow Strait.
There are spots in the Old Growth Forest that just look downright spooky! There are years and years of wind blown moss hanging down from the branches of these 80 year-old spruce trees. You won't have to deal with it though as the paths are very clear of it. But you can just enjoy the beauty of it.
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