Talbot Lake Hike

Scenic Views

Spectacular Fauna & Flora

Leisurely Hike

Walk Among Giants in the Alaskan Wilderness

Join us for a leisurely hike among the giant trees of the Alaska wilderness. At 17 million acres, the Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States and this national gem features beautiful vistas and intriguing wildlife for you to spot and photograph. Take the time to enjoy the sounds and silence of this old-growth forest, the flowing water in the streams and the calls of feathered friends as well as listening to our guide’s informative commentary. The end of the trail unveils the scenic views of Talbot Lake and a fire to enjoy your refreshment and toasty snack.


Hike through the old-growth forest trail surrounded by towering western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and cedar trees

Listen to the beautiful natural sounds of the rainforest from the flowing water in the streams to the calls of feathered friends

Look out for mischievous beavers and other wildlife on the three-mile trail

Marvel at the picturesque views of Talbot Lake

Sip hot chocolate fireside, as you gaze out over the lake, often blanketed in a soft mist

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Trip Details

Trip Details

Meeting point

  • The Welcome Center at Ward Cove Dock


April through October, daily availability varies, please click here for more information


Approximately 3 hours from Ward Cove

Group size

Maximum 12 guests


  • Rain poncho
  • Snacks – coffee, tea, hot chocolate &  s’mores

What to bring

  • Dress in layers
  • Photo ID
  • Comfortable closed-toe shoes
  • Debit/credit cards

Participation requirements

  • Minimum age is 5 years old
  • Guests should be comfortable with walking 3 miles

About your guide

Guest to guide ratio is 12:1

What You’ll See & Do

At the cruise ship pier, we will make sure you have the right gear and give you brief safety instructions before taking you to the Talbot Lake trailhead located within the Tongass National Forest which is just a 15-minute drive from the cruise ship pier.

You will then embark on an expertly-guided 3-mile round trip by foot through the old-growth forest trail surrounded by towering western hemlock, Sitka spruce, and cedar trees. Depending on the time of year of your visit, wildflowers, berries, and mushrooms adorn the trail. Beavers are quite active along the trail, and you may well see their handiwork as you make your way to your campfire destination!

After the refreshment stop at the campfire, you will hike back along the trail keeping an eye out for wildlife and brook trout in the stream. Take advantage of different light angles to snap photographs you missed along the way. Your transfer vehicle will be waiting at the trailhead to transport you back to the cruise ship pier where you will return the gear and have the chance to do some shopping.

group of hikers in forest

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