Termination Point Trail

If you love wildflowers, this is the hike for you.  The most spectacular blooming meadows and views are found within the first third of the trail, so even if you decide not to tackle the entire 6 mile round trip,  we definitely recommend going the first 15 minutes.  And for those who go for the whole tour, you will have the opportunity to visit an old cabin, take a heart stopping rope swing out over a cliff and enjoy spectacular views of the adjacent islands.

To find the trail from the town of Kodiak, head out Rezanof Drive toward north past Fort Abercrombie.  Follow this road all the way to the end, approximately ten miles.  It is nice high paved road for most of the trip, but the last several miles are a very dusty dirt road.

There are a number of picnic stops around the parking area.  We do not know if tent camping is allowed but did not see any signs forbidding it.   The beach area is gorgeous and one of the popular hang-outs for the locals on a beautiful day.  The water is shallow, making for an ideal swim.  And the setting is spectacular, completely surrounded by lush green hills.

There is no cost to use the trail or to park.  There are toilettes adjacent to the parking lot.

To find the trail, walk out to the dark sand beach.  Turn left and look for the beginning of the trail at the end of the beach.  As you enter the forest, there will be a number of ATV trails, stay to the right and ascend the hill through the moss-covered forest.  You will always want to try to stay to the right and hug the coast.  The trail crests at the top of the hill where, in mid-June, we found an incredible display of wildflowers.  This is also a spectacular point to photograph the beach and the bay.  We listened as two eagles discussed the day’s events before one jumped out of the tree and soared right along he edge of the cliff where we were standing to join his friend.  Then they both took flight to the other side of the bay.

This trail will go for about a mile before it drops down to a beach we call wish-rock beach.  A wish rock has a ring around it.  Claimjumper says that if you make a wish on one of these rocks, it will come true.  Cross this beach to nearly the other end.  As you cross the beach, there will be a shelter there on the edge of the woods, and a hammock hanging in front of it.  Down by some large spruce trees you will pick the trail up and begin ascending back up into the moss covered trees.  This section continues for another mile.  About two thirds of the way we found a rope swing hanging on one of the trees precariously perched on the edge of the cliff.  Testing it to make sure the rope and tree were secure, I used it to swing out over the cliff and look down at the bay about 100 feet below.  What a rush!!!

This trail will also end at a third beach.  This beach had some great tide pools, so we spent some time looking at the muscles, barnacles, Chinese hats and snails.   We found the trail at the point where a brook empties out into the rocks at the far end of the beach.  Again, this next section is about another mile.   Just before you come to the cabin, there will be a trail that turns to the right.  It is kind of difficult to spot, so it may be best to go to the cabin, then turn around and go left about 50-100 yards back up the trail.  Be sure to visit the cabin, also known as "Monashka Bay Inn".  There is a notebook hanging from the ceiling in a plastic bag where everybody signs and writes a little something about their adventures.  The end of the trail is another flower covered meadow walk out a finger of land that extends out into the water.  From this viewpoint once can watch boats traveling in the archipelago, bird watch and spot for marine mammals.  It is a beautiful place for a picnic.

Behind the cabin there are more trails.  We understood that one would lead back down to the parking lot.  We tried to follow it, going by the beaver ponds as out instructions indicated.  Unfortunately, I took a right when I should have gone left and within an hour we were right back at the cabin.  Since we were tired and hungry we gave up and just decided to come back the way we came.  Finding that alternate route back is an adventure for another day!  

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