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Going up Pillar Mountain

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

I’m not sure if you’ve heard about Kodiak in the news lately, but, we have been making headline news about the 98.7% renewable energy that we are running on. Since 2012, we have gained 6 windmills that produce most of Kodiak’s energy that the city & outer city limits runs on. Not only are those 6 windmills up top of Pillar Mountain, but scenic views and wildlife.

Not many know that there is a road that you can take straight up to the top where the windmills are. The road is not paved, but, it is still a great drive if you are careful and mind the potholes that cover. Of course, if you are interested in hiking up Pillar, you are more than welcome to do so. It’s not easy but when is it ever easy to hike up a mountain? I’ve done it before and it was a great little workout for me since it is a little over 4 miles up and back down. If you have access to ATV’s, you can also ride up the trails that lead to the top of the mountain and around the top.

When you arrive to the top, it will be a bit windy, but hey, there are windmills up there that are the absolutely loving it! You don’t realize how tall they are until you are underneath them and looking up. You can overlook downtown Kodiak and even see Near Island, Woody Island and Near Island out in the distance. To your right, you can see the beauty of Barometer Mountain and even the entire Coast Guard Base that sits ever so pleasantly on Nyman Peninsula. If you turn around, you can see the Three Sisters Mountains that gracefully shine emerald green in the sunshine. In the winter, you can also see the northern lights dance behind them and light up the sky with hues of green and pink.

On your way down, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for any birds that you may be able to find. The Audubon’s Society in Kodiak often hikes up Pillar to bird and always have a great time doing it. In Kodiak, there are always great places to go to enjoy the natural, untouched beauty that glows in her vastness. 

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