Distance: 7 miles (11km) round trip
Elevation Gain: 500 ft. (150m) twice
Sturgill's Landing is one of the best hikes around. Easy walking access from you ship and not too strenuous, but a full, well-rounded hike. If you want to really get out into the forest and breathe but don't want to walk straight up a mountain (like Upper Lake), this hike is a great option. Once you leave the Lower Lake Loop and get onto Sturgill's trail, the amount of people you will encounter drops significantly. The beauty of going out to Sturgill's Landing is that you get to experience a variety of terrain from the Lake to the Ocean.
Directions: If you climb to Lower Dewey Lake turning right at the junctions signs and follow the trail to the south end of the lake. Here, follow the trail to the right (south) through a mixed stand of spruce, hemlock, and lodgepole pine. Just before reaching the stream, the trail splits. Follow the arrow signs to the right for great views and a rocky, but safer descent than the old trail that continues beyond the arrow sign. As you near the water, follow the trail to the right leading towards a picnic table and privy. From here, the trail continues south to the rocky beach. Remains of the sawmill can be seen across the creek.