Favorite thing: The bridge linking Kodiak township with Near Island was and is still a controversial landmark. The link eases travel between the two sites, and there is a primitive road system on the smaller island. Pet owners will find dispensers on the bridge for doggie-doo-doo bags. Visitors can watch incoming vessels and the occasional killer whale (in the spring) from pedestrian walks directly above the Channel. Seaplanes once landed in the Channel beneath the bridge even in the fog (until prohibited by the FAA). The bridge almost shades the Russian Orthodox Seminary below, and presently shades some of the island's canneries. Unless you own a boat or can have someone ferry you, this is the only dry access to Near Island.
Favorite thing: Here you can see the boats in St Hermans Harbor on Near Island. This shot is taken from the top of Pillar Mountain. IN the summer time the boat harboar can be quite empty as the fishing boats will be out to sea fishing. But in the winter time there are lots of boats to be seen in the harbor.
These trails probably won't satisfy the toughest back country hiker but if you would like a leisurely stroll through a Spruce Forest and have wonderful views of the the channel and sea you'll enjoy yourself. This is a popular series of trails that families with pets go on so you probably won't be alone. The trail head is located right at the end of the bridge and is very easy to find! It is also a great place to access some of the rocky beaches and go for a picnic.
Fondest memory: You can see the map on the sign. It is a great place to spend an afternoon or morning. The trails are all built by the City Parks and Recreation Department.
Favorite thing: If you drive to the end of the road along St Hermans Harbor you will have some great views of Barometer Mountain and also in the photo in the lower right hand corner you can see what is called "Dead Mans Curve" which is a popular scenic view point along the Chiniak Highway. This spot is also nice to take photos of the sunrise against the mountain if your here in late winter or into the spring time.
Favorite thing: At certains times of the year you can watch the Jelly Fish swimming along through the boat harbor. These clear ones are not poisonous and I don't think any of the Jelly fish in Alaska are actually poisonous but don't get the stingers from the red jelly fish in your eyes as it hurts like you know what!! I've had it happen to me when I was commercial fishing and it sucks!!
Favorite thing: In St Hermans Harbor on the side that you will approach from you will see smaller fishing boats and personal family craft and quite a few sail boats. This is a good area to watch local fisherman bring in their catch of Halibut , Kind Salmon and other catches of the day!
Favorite thing: This Sunrise was also taken in March. To get these colors you will have to be here during the brown months. When the island starts turning green in June this will not be possible. But of course then you will be able to get the Greener photos! This is Pillar mountain and it sits right behind downtown Kodiak.
Favorite thing: In March I took this photo from the Near Island Bridge. From here you can get nice views of Barometer Mountain, St Pauls Harbor and Womens Bay. At this time of year when you are facing that direction the sun will be coming up at your back so it makes great color changes against the mountians.
There are Hiking trails at Northend and Southend, but the ones at southend are unmarked. This is a popular spot for dogwalking, or just for a casual stroll. You can go down to the beach and over to some less used trails.
Fondest memory: Playing frisbee with Ginger, a Labrador Retreiver.