The de rigueur hike for anyone with a couple of hours to spare, Pillar Mountain is the 1270ft summit that overlooks Kodiak town, with its sentinel wind turbines on top. If you want to get a glimpse of the island's velvety greenness and enjoy a bird's-eye view of the town, this provides instant gratification.

Pick up the bumpy dirt road to the top by walking or driving north up Thorsheim Ave and turning left on Maple Ave, which runs into Pillar Mountain Rd. You’ll end up where the giant wind turbines slice through the fog. It's 2 miles one-way, but there are miles of trails along the ridge.