The Icon of Alaska. The Legendary Grizzly. The Brown Bear.
Pack Creek Bear Tour
Visit the Home of the Bears
Explore the home of the Alaskan brown bear on a wilderness Alaska bear eco-tour adventure from Juneau.
- Excellent chances to view and photograph brown bears
- Wilderness experience opportunity for old growth forest hike
- 25-minute scenic float plane flight
- Intimate small group experience: maximum of five people
- Guided by professional naturalists with years of experience in Alaskan wilderness.
- Fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear, binoculars, and healthy lunch with snacks;
- $849/person July 5 – August 25. $799/person outside of peak season (Customary Guide Gratuity not included);
- Trips May 10 – September 15. No regularly scheduled trips June 10-25. Call for special arrangements.
Waterfall Creek Bear Tour
Peak Summer Bears and Salmon
Waterfall Creek is an outstanding spot to observe bears during the peak of the salmon run. This is a short creek that flows over a beautiful waterfall and into the saltwater. From the shores of the peaceful cove, you can hear the roar of the waterfall. Follow the sound to where the salmon navigate between rocks and bears. Come observe these amazing animals in their natural surroundings.
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- Excellent opportunities for viewing bears
- Trips available late-July through August
- 25 minute scenic float plane flight
- Small groups, though larger groups may be accommodated
- Shorter overall tour length
- Guided by professional naturalists
- Fully outfitted, with rubber boots, rain gear (if needed), day pack, binoculars, and healthy snacks
- $739/person, all inclusive price from the Juneau airport (Guide Gratuity not included)
Bears and GlaciersScenic Pack Creek Add-On
Additional $149 person
Call (907)209-5432 to book
Take the scenery up a notch and add glaciers to your Pack Creek experience. Our full bear viewing experience with a scenic detour for glacier flightseeing. We only make this option available to groups of 5, as we need everyone on the trip to cover the additional flight costs! Flying to Pack Creek takes us along a similar route as our glacier flightseeing, so it’s fairly short detour to add even more outstanding scenery. Call to book. Trip Highlights:
- Meet your guide for orientation and outfitting
- The full Pack Creek experience
- Scenic glacier flight en route to Pack Creek
- Add on available to groups of 5.
The Bear Viewing Experience
- Flight time is 25-30 minutes, be sure to have your camera out for the outstanding views!
- Once we arrive we’ll be outside the entire time. Disembarking from the seaplane requires walking down the float and stepping down onto shore with assistance. On our bear tours we must walk a quarter mile over challenging terrain to get to the primary viewing spot. Pack Creek Tour may involve up to 3 miles total walking on a moderate trail.
- We’ll spend most of our time seated, quiet, and still. This will enhance opportunities for seeing bears.
- Bears may be seen at any time while ashore. Your guide will help direct you to the best places to see bears. These are wild animals. Flexibility and a positive mental attitude are essential! There are no fences or walkways separating us from the bears. Your guide will carry non lethal deterrent and instruct you in bear safety protocols. While we do occasionally have close encounters, our goal is for the bears to ignore us and engage in their natural behaviors.
- While there are no physical bathrooms, there are abundant opportunities to relive yourself outside. Your guide carries sanitary equipment.
- We put our primary focus on a personalized, small-group experience. Our guides are deeply knowledgeable about bears, salmon and the Alaskan forest. We’re confident you’ll enjoy your time exploring the wilderness with them.
Bear Viewing May – September
- May is a special month at Pack Creek. Bears are descending from hibernation high on the mountainsides down to the beach and estuary to gorge on giant clams at low tide and to graze on nutritious grasses and sedge grasses.
- Late May through early June is a great time for bear viewing. This is courtship/mating season; when we may see the larger males in pursuit of females, but also when sows with new cubs are at their most wary.
- By the middle of June bears head into the forest and mountain slopes for newly emerging vegetation, and although we often still can observe bears in mid-June, the chances of good viewing decrease such that we do not offer tours June 11-25.
- In Late June bears begin congregating at Pack Creek in anticipation of the salmon returns.
- July The chum salmon usually arrive into Pack Creek during the first week of July, followed by huge numbers of pink salmon. This draws bears to Pack Creek. Adult females and sows with cubs are very common, as are juvenile and sub-adults who have been raised at Pack Creek and are very comfortable with the low level of human presence.
- In Late-July and August This is prime time for bear viewing. Salmon begin running up Waterfall Creek. Salmon continue running up Pack Creek. We often see multiple bears in a day at both Waterfall Creek and Pack Creek. We typically observe bears engaged in salmon fishing and moving around avoiding conflict with other bears.
- Early September can stay strong for viewing activity at Pack Creek, as long as there are fish in the creek. Bears hang around to gorge on the remaining salmon run before starting to head into the mountains to eat berries at higher elevation and to prepare for hibernation.
- Mid September there may still be bears at Pack Creek, but by this time fall weather makes flying difficult and most bears are leaving the creek.