• Location: Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes (approx.)
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Explore the dramatic wilderness of the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary on this 2.5-hour small-group walking tour. Learn about the local ecosystem and the wildlife it supports from a knowledgeable and friendly guide. Walk through a beautiful mountain forest, home to bears, bald eagles and deer. Learn about the dynamic nature and abundant wildlife of a scenic marine estuary. You’ll have plenty of great photo opportunities and to learn about totem pole carving at a historic sawmill.


  • A 2.5-hour walking tour through the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary with a naturalist guide
  • See the diverse flora and fauna of the Alaskan wilderness on this private reserve
  • Learn about the unique wildlife of this region from your local guide
  • Tour a historic sawmill and watch a carver work on an intricate totem pole

What You Can Expect

Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary Walking Tour and Wildlife Encounter

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After pickup at your hotel and a brief drive, meet your naturalist guide at Ketchikan Port for this 2.5-hour walking tour covering the diverse wildlife of Alaska. Observe the bustling port, where fishermen cruise in and out throughout the day, and then it’s off to the woods with your guide. Learn from the guide about the beautiful cedar, hemlock and spruce trees, as well as the thick carpet of moss and wildflowers, as you amble through the dense forest. 

See a protected estuary and follow Eagle Creek to a rustic boardwalk with a view of wetlands. During spawning season, thousands of salmon return to this spot, and lots of wildlife supported by the salmon population return here too. Bears, seals and bald eagles frequent the area during that time, as well as many other times of the year, so keep a keen eye out for them and have your camera ready. Listen as your guide explains the nuances of this fragile ecosystem and the diverse wildlife that depend on it. 

When you reach the end of the half-mile trail, you’ll have the option to visit the Alaska Raptor Center, your chance to get up close and personal with the local wildlife. To conclude the informative, scenic hike, stop at the historic Herring Bay Lumber Company sawmill. See a master totem pole carver in action, explore the interpretive displays and relax with a snack before being taken back to your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Brooks K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

It was a great time. Easy walk and very informative. We even saw a bear.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

It was absolutley wonderful, our guide Summer was amazing, we saw bears, eagles, otters, heron, banana slugs and so much more. There was a totem pole being worked on while we were there which was great to see and talk with the craftsman. Would definately repeat this tour - I love nature and all it has to offer.

Marilyn G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

This was a really great excursion. We were collected from the meeting place and taken out to the Sanctuary, where we ended up with our own personal guide! He was extremely knowledgeable and observant and greatly added to the experience. We saw 3 bears wonderful!, countless bald eagles and all sorts of wildlife. My grievance about Viator trips is that the onus is on you, the customer, to contact the local company actually doing the trip to confirm that you will be going. If you only have a bog-standard mobile which does not work in the country where you are and you happen to be out in the back of beyond in Alsaka, it is EXTREMELY difficult and stressful to do this. Had I not been shown kindness by a member of staff at the first point of call, I would not have been able to confirm. There was only an answerphone available so I had to wait until I got to Juneau, where another holiday maker leant me his mobile. If you pay a lot of money, you should not have to confirm your ownarrangements!!


4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

Very informative, not too long we did it with two kids under 3 and it was raining, beautiful scenery, lovely. bring rain boots, rain coats, warm clothes

Yuki M

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was very informative and was quite interesting. I have never seen so many eagles so close in my life. The area is somewhat small and is not very wild though. It is like walking in a well-maintained arboretum or a small forest preserve. The transportation to downtown area from the sanctuary is a little bit of a problem. We had to ask around and verify when we will be picked up. Still we needed to wait around half an hour or more after the tour.

george B

3 star rating: Worth doing May 2016

good guide , interesting walk

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