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Destination: Hollis Harbor

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Route Briefing

  • This Scenery is for "Return to Misty Moorings" only.
  • Suggested Altitude: 1200 Feet
  • Landing zone is: Water, does not freeze
  • GPS for destination: N55 29.04 - W132 38.65
  • Distance approximately: 63 Miles
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  • Scenery Needed: Tongass Fjords and Hollis Harbor

Hollis Harbor

We are heading for the Fed Ex Dock at Hollis Harbor. We will fly from Tamgas Harbor SPB on the east side of Annette Island, around the base of the island, across the Clarence Strait and into Moria Sound. There, the various legs of this trip will takes us over Prince of Wales Island eventually to Hollis Harbor.

WaveTop VFR Plan

FROM : Tamgas Harbor (Z43)
TO: Hollis Harbor (Fed Ex Terminal Dock)

Leg: Tamgas Harbor to Point Davidson
Initial Course: 124
Leg Distance: 7 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

You will be taking off toward Tent Point on a heading of 124. Then you will be following the coast of Annette Island to starboard, eventually coming to Point Davidson. Fly directly over the tiny spit of land on the southern most point of the island at Point Davidson, set your next heading from there.

Leg: Point Davidson to Whiterock Island
Initial Course: 263
Leg Distance: 14 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

You are heading to the entrance of Moira Sound. The first island you will encounter is Whiterock Island. The one just past it a little to starboard is Moira Island. You will make a turn over Whiterock Island.

  • We are flying over the Clarence Strait. The Clarence Strait, originally Duke of Clarence Strait, is a strait in southeastern Alaska, in the United States in the Alexander Archipelago. The strait separates Prince of Wales Island, on the west side, from Revillagigedo Island and Annette Island, on the east side. Clarence Strait is 126 miles (203 km) long, extending from Dixon Entrance to Sumner Strait.
  • Clarence Strait was named in 1793 by George Vancouver in honor of Prince William, Duke of Clarence. Jacinto CaamaƱo, who had explored the region a year before Vancouver, named the strait Entrada de Nuestra Senora del Carmen.
  • The Guard Island Light and Lincoln Rocks Light, both located adjacent to Clarence Strait, were important aids-to-navigation in the Clarence Strait area in the pre-automated era.
  • We are heading to the Prince of Wales Island. The island is 135 miles (217 km) long, 45 miles (72 km) wide and has an area of 2,577 sq mi (6,674 km2), about 1/10 the size of Ireland and slightly larger than the state of Delaware. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island. Craig is the largest community; founded as a saltery in the early 20th century, it has a population of 1,000. Some 750 people live in Klawock, a long-established village that grew with the fishing industry. Hollis was a boom and bust mining town from 1900 to about 1915; abandoned, it was re-established as a logging camp in the '50s, and now has a population of 100. Hollis is where the ferry terminal is located, one hour drive from Craig and a three-hour trip to Ketchikan.
  • Mountain peaks, all but the tallest of which were buried by Pleistocene glaciation, reach over 3,000 feet (914 m). Fjords, steep-sided mountains, and dense forests characterize the island. Extensive tracts of limestone include karst features such as El Capitan Pit, at 598.3 feet (182.4 m) the deepest vertical shaft in the United States. Moist, maritime conditions dominate the weather.
  • The Tongass National Forest covers most of the island. Within the forest and on the island are the Karta River Wilderness and the South Prince of Wales Wilderness. The Prince of Wales flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus griseifrons) is found nowhere else.

Leg: Whiterock Island to Moira North Arm
Initial Course: 274
Leg Distance: 3.2 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

Over Whiterock Island set a heading of 274, just a little to starboard. You will find the entrance of the "North Arm" of Moira Sound. We will be turning into the North Arm.

Leg: North Arm to Divide Head
Initial Course: 280 (341 at end of Miller Lake)
Leg Distance: 6 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

At the end of the arm, you will see Aiken Cove veering to port (Aiken Creek Cabin is in that direction). You will want to go straight ahead to Miller lake through the narrow valley there. About halfway up the lake, you will fly over Miller Lake Cabin, another RTMM destination.

At the end of Miller Lake, you will turn to starboard on a heading of 341 and fly over Dora Lake, going straight ahead toward Dora Bay. A little to starboard, you will see Divide Head. There is a low gap there, fly through that gap.

Leg: Divide Head to Portage Bay
Initial Course: 324, then follow
Leg Distance: 9 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

Once you go over the gap at the Divide Head, set a heading of 324 and cross the point on the port shore of the West Arm of the Cholmondeley Sound. Then follow the center of the sound on a rough heading of 255.

At the end of the sound, you will be crossing the portage area. Continue another 4 miles and the portage area comes to and end. You will find the Portage Bay Cabin on the port shore of the bay.

  • This is an actual portage that was used to move materials from the Eastern side of Prince of Wales Island to the West. Boats would dock on both sides of the portage and mules and wagons would carry the freight along the 4 mile portage to boats waiting on the other side. This saved a boat trip of about 100 miles going around the island.

Leg: Portage Bay to Sulzer Passage
Initial Course: 266
Leg Distance: 2 miles
Leg Altitude: 1200

As you come out over Portage Bay, you will see Gould Island ahead in the bay. To the starboard side of Gould Island is Sulzer Pass. Just beyond the pass, you will notice a small gap in the mountains to starboard, you are going to be turning into that gap.

Leg: Sulzer Passage to Timber Rafting Station
Initial Course: 309 (Follow low area curing to port)
Leg Distance: 6.2 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 Feet

Follow the low area, it will curve to port, stay centered on it. You will see water coming up ahead and on the shoreline you will find the Timber Rafting Station. You will turn to starboard over the water inlet.

Leg: Timber Rafting Station to Hollis
Initial Course: 011 (Follow the waterway)
Leg Distance: 8 Miles
Leg Altitude: 1200 feet reducing to Landing Configuration

You are now flying over the Twelvemile Arm and this will lead you to Hollis. You should begin descending to a landing altitude. As you reach the end of the arm, you will see Hollis ahead. Your destination is behind a group of islands on the shoreline almost straight ahead. Line up to land safely at the dock there.

Watch for boat traffic and other air traffic in this area. Taxi up to the dock when you have safely landed.

Welcome to Hollis Harbor!

Doug Linn
Charter Manager
Misty Moorings, Inc

(Added 07.11.2012)
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