Hiking the Otterbahn in Seldovia
A photo gallery and hiking guide to the Otterbahn Trail
by Cecil Sanders of Last Frontier Magazine
Seldovia, a small and beautiful community along Kachemak Bay, has a variety of things to do in the outdoors. One of the most popular activities is hiking the Otterbahn Trail. The term hiking may be an overstatement, as the 1.2-mile trail (one way) is short, easy to navigate and only has a few slightly steep inclines. The temperate climate can leave the trail wet with muddy sections. If you have a few hours and want something to do, it is well worth your time. I’ve visited Seldovia on three separate occasions and meandered through the lush forest and out to the tidal shores of Outside Beach each visit.
To access the trail from the harbor, walk uphill on English Drive to Winifred Ave. The trailhead is located behind the Susan B. English School.
A steep embankment soon levels out and you are instantly in the deep, dark forest. A few signs are available along the trail to give you more information about the wildlife, geology and area information. Approximately three-quarters of a mile down the trail you will reach a fork. Both the left fork and right lead to the same spot near the entrance to the boardwalk. You will walk along the boardwalk through a marshy area and soon up a gravel embankment that brings you to Outside Beach.
Check the tidal charts before visiting if you are flexible on your time. Aim for low tide as it allows you to explore the rocky intertidal zone for a host of sea creatures including sea anemone, starfish and more. Watch for eagles, black bear, and otters. The Otterbahn Trail is occasionally used by black bear, so make noise, be alert and be prepared
Bring your camera, a friend and a snack and enjoy this relatively easy and most definitely fun hike!
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