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Bear Country And Wildlife Hike

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Come join your guide in the search for wild black bears at two Ketchikan sites famous for bear viewing and uncover your inner explorer.

Bear Country and Wildlife Hike

Ketchikan is located at the southernmost entrance to Alaska's network of waterways that slithers through some of the most grandiose wilderness in the world. Ketchikan Creek served as a summer fish camp for Tlingit natives.

Your guide will take you to a viewing platform overlooking a waterfall deep in the forest where salmon school up. There is a 15-minute walk through the woods to access this remote location. As you arrive at the viewing area, your guide will indicate specific points of interest for you to check out some of the native plants and native animals as you continue the search at the Herring Bay wildlife estuary.

The central Ketchikan hatchery is located on the side of this estuary and draws out resident bears for a snack of tasty salmon. Once there, make sure you keep an eye out for bears, eagles, and ravens that frequent the area for their yearly feast.

Please Note: Wildlife sightings are prevalent; however, they cannot be guaranteed. Due to the hike in the forest, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.

  • Safari, Animals, and Wildlife
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Shore Excursions Group was created with one goal in mind: to provide exceptional travel experiences to cruise passengers in the ports they visit around the world. To accomplish this, we have compiled an exceptional array of tours delivered by local experts with decades of experience serving travelers and delivering excellent tours. Our owners and management team are comprised of seasoned travel industry executives who leverage their considerable experience to deliver memorie ...
from $185.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Active, Scenic
Tour Duration
2.5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 2 to 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided
Bottled Water
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants, extra warm layers, gloves and hat.
Due to the hike in the forest, this tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. Any children must have the capacity to be quiet or they will scare off any potential wildlife.