Talbot Lake Hike
Spectacular Fauna & Flora
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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- The Welcome Center at Ward Cove Dock
- If you book this tour and are not on a ship that is docked in Ward Cove, please make your way to the Welcome Center via the Downtown Shuttle. Meet the shuttle at Berth 4 and allow at least 30 minutes to get to Ward Cove.
April through October, daily availability varies, please click here for more information
Approximately 3 hours from Ward Cove
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
- 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.