The Alaskan Wilderness has so much to offer for all adventure-seekers. You can camp out in the wilderness, hike on a glacier, spend time in the Channel Islands State Marine Park, or even go on a sea kayaking expedition with Above & Beyond Alaska in and around the Alaskan city of Juneau.
Exploring the Wildlife
The Channel Islands State Marine Park is in a group of uninhabited islands which is home to marine, terrestrial, and avian wildlife. The Channel Islands are actually a part of the largest intact temperate rainforest in the world. From there, you can have a view of the Alaskan Coastal and Chilkat mountain ranges. Boating is a recommended means of exploring the islands.
To be as close to Alaska’s wild nature as possible, go sea kayaking. It allows you to breach the Inside Passage waterways of Southeast Alaska. You may find uninhabited coastlines, secluded beaches, old-growth rainforests, and meadows. From there, you can catch a glimpse of bald eagles, sea lions, and humpback whales, among other wildlife creatures.
You have the opportunity to trek Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier when you’re around the Juneau area. See the popular cave, columns of glacial ice, and tubes carved out of the ice walls if you decide to hike around the glacier trails. You will also be awarded a breathtaking scenery of the Mendenhall Lake and Valley and some mountain goats.
Uninhabited Island Camping
If you’re up for camping, the Channel Islands are open to it as well. There are base camps you can sleep in for days of beach combing, rainforest hiking, tree tent hanging, and wildlife observing. Witness bald eagles fishing for salmon, and black oystercatchers calling out to one another. Spot sea lions and observe other wildlife creatures in an uninhabited island.
Whether you’re into climbing mountains, exploring the waters, or lounging around, the Channel Islands have much in store for you. The Alaskan Wilderness is just a stone’s throw away from the city of Juneau. Take the time to explore it.