Wrangell, Alaska, US
Ancient Forest of Anan
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Approximately 4 Hours
Travel protected waters in a covered, heated cabin on a beautiful 35-mile boat ride. Your destination is a rich cultural experience and exploration of nature at the renowned Anan Wildlife Observation area, a prolific salmon spawning stream that attracts both black and brown bears. This tour visits during non-peak season, but there is still a chance of a bear sighting.
Expert local naturalist interpretation is provided by your guide as you take in the forest, pristine shoreline and waterfalls around you, while keeping an eye out for wildlife and marine mammals. Your guide is a local Wrangell resident with extensive wilderness experience.
Arriving at Anan Creek, you will disembark the boat near the lagoon, where early summer brings one of Alaska's largest pink salmon runs. Meet your local Native cultural host who will describe the fascinating history of the Native people and the way they utilized the bountiful mid- summer fish runs at this historical fish camp. Make your way along the very scenic trail system with your naturalist/guide to learn more about this special rain forest and its intact ecosystem. The walk to the observation area takes about 45 minutes over a rustic trail, approximately a half-mile in length. Much of the groomed trail is boardwalk, with several sets of narrow stairs and bridges over the waterways.
A snack and beverage are served when you're back on the boat after your hike.
Participants must be in good physical condition with no balance problems. There are more than 150 stairs along the trail. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Total walking distance is one mile. Conditions change with the weather and the trail can be slippery. Wear sturdy, non-skid, water-resistant walking shoes. There is no dock at the trailhead; you will climb out of the boat onto the rocky shoreline and onto stairs. At low tide, the shoreline it is slippery. Bring rain gear and an umbrella. Tour operates only before or after the regular bear season. Dress warmly in layers. Bring a hat, gloves and a scarf. Wildlife sightings are a possibility but are not guaranteed. Minimum age is 8 years.