Many of our bear viewing locations offer hiking along the rivers or up the hills for great views.With just under 5 million acres, Katmai National Park and Preserve boasts limitless options for a 3
day or even a months worth of hiking. Many of our bear viewing locations offer hiking along the rivers or up the hills for great views.
Dumpling Mountain Hike
A wonderful add-on day to accompany your bear viewing experience, we'll fly you back to Brooks Camp to hike up Dumpling Mountain. With breathtaking views in every direction this hike is perfect to round out your photo album with stunning mountains in the distance and views of both Katmai and Naknek Lakes. This hike is moderately strenuous, climbs 800 feet over one and half miles (one way) to the vista, with an option to extend another 2.5 miles to the summit. From boreal forest to alpine tundra, this hike exemplifies Alaska's diversity in ecozones.
Hike The Smokes
The site of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century, The Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes is much cooler now than the name implies. In the early 1900's a previously unknown volcanic vent called the Novarupta erupted causing the lush, green Ukuk river valley to be buried under hundreds of feet of super hot ash which then caused the water underneath to steam up through thousands of cracks and fissures in the surface to become fumaroles. That is where the name Ten Thousand Smokes comes from but today the valley floor has cooled significantly and the smokes have disappeared which allows for ample exploration of this strange landscape. Our day of exploration will begin again at Brooks Camp with an adventurous bus ride out to the volcanic valley, stopping for scenic views and wildlife viewing. We'll break momentarily to have lunch on the rim before hiking down to the valley floor to check out the ash layer in this surreal landscape. The trail drops 800 feet over three miles and is considered moderately strenuous.
Our guides can customize a day of hiking to your ability and preference so call us and we'll discuss your options.