Join an experienced Alaskan trail guide on a hike through the natural, unspoiled beauty in the coastal forest. After an approximately 30-minute boat ride, you'll arrive at a secluded beach, where you'll begin an approximately one-mile nature walk through a beautiful old-growth forest along a gently sloped boardwalk. After your hike, enjoy a beverage and snack. A motorized inflatable boat provides a short cruise along the coast back to Knudson Cove.
Note: Participants must be at least 6 years of age and weigh at least 40 lbs. Not recommended for guests with back problems. Outerwear is provided. This tour operates under a special use permit issued by the U.S. Forest Service. For more details about these tours please visit: http://www.bestofalaskatours.com/NCL/
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I took this trip because I wanted to walk in the forest and see eagles. Well I did that with the most uninformed, and least enthusiastic tour guides ever. The trip started with a bus ride with a very nice woman who didn’t share information but she made a lot of jokes that were not funny or maybe it was too early in the AM. Then we arrived at the pier, donned our rain slickers and life preservers, so basically you couldn’t really move. Walked down to the boat were we had to jump from the dock to the boat edge and then slide into the boat which was almost 2 feet below the top. Not easy with all the gear on and carrying cameras. We were guided along several islands, and eagle nests and eagles were pointed out but no other real information given. We arrived onto the island where the land tour would begin, but in order to get off the boat you had to climb up an aluminum ladder, turn around and climb down backwards , without slipping while you were wearing the life preserver, the rain gear and whatever else you were carrying. That was 2 steps up, turn around and 5 steps down. Then we met the land tour guide, we removed the life jackets, and we circled around a 5 gallon pail to see local sea like – a sea star that was introduced as a starfish, and the guide had no idea if it was male or female, but she could have done a little research and had known what she was showing us and then she showed us 2 crabs which she had more info on but she didn’t like them because they had pinchers. Then we started the land tour, we had 11 people in our group and the path is only single file. The guide stayed at the front of the group and kept talking so anyone from the middle back could hardly hear her. When this was pointed out she said there was no other way to do this. We saw only the remains of deer fur and bones, a lot of fungi and the back of people’s heads. It was short trip in a circle, wound back to beach had some very watery and very hot chocolate that had to be gulped down and then back onto the boat where we had to don our life jackets, climb back up the ladder, but we didn’t have to turn around just try to keep our balance. Boat ride back the guide was asked what kind of bird we were just going by and he said he didn’t know. Overall a great big disappointment.
Great trip. Scenic drive from the dock through the city of Ketchikan. We headed to the marina on a shuttle bus and got some history on the way. At the marina we were outfitted in waterproof pants and jackets as well as life jackets. We headed out on a boat to a rock beach with amazing views. On the way, we saw several eagles and the boat was stopped to allow for pictures. At the island, we started a hike in the Tongass forest. The hike is on a boardwalk, so it is very easy to maneuver through. The guide goes at a slow pace and stops for questions at any time. The hike is followed by snacks of smoked salmon, cheese, crackers, coffee, and cocoa. Then you hop back on the boat and head back. The guides were very knowledgeable.