- The float planes take off from a different location from the airport and you can make arrangements with the float plane operators to pick you up from wherever you are staying.
- If you are planning to bring alcohol to have it in the camping site, pack it from home because it costs a lot in King Salmon. The alcohol prices in the Brooks lodge are reasonable. Pint of beer $8.
- The flight to King Salmon cost a lot so think about using your airline miles to fly here (only Alaskan).
- Take the tour or do it yourself (if you are brave enough) - wading the river and have close encounters with the grizzlies. Once you do this, you may not want to go to the platform to watch the bears.
- Go early in the morning, @8am, to rent the waders and they get rented off pretty quick to different tour groups. It depends on the water level at the river at that year. We are lucky this year and water level is low.
- Evenings could be chilly, so always carry light weight jacket and a winter jacket.
- You can get the white gas or propane gas in the Brooks Lodge store and if you are not planning to camp/cook be prepared to pay expensive buffet style meal.
- You are not allowed to carry any food items in the trail so don’t go crazy on carrying too much snacks to take for hiking. You can still leave some in the food storage near the visitor center so that you don’t have to go to the camp site if you are hungry (it is about 0.3miles from the visitor center).
- If you are coming here with the small children, please please try to find a way to keep them close to you during your time here, you don’t want to be surprising the grizzles.
- The Brooks lodge itself is very nice and very conveniently located. But getting a place here is pretty difficult, so plan in advance. Also, it is expense for solo travelers to stay in the lodge.
- You are not allowed to take pictures from the co-pilot seat in the float plane, but view from the co-pilot seat is really good. So decide whether u want to enjoy the view or take pictures.
9pm. The tent was still there so felt safe (what a stupid logic …you may think :-) ). Had very nice sleep even though it was windy and raining. Flora, had shown me the restroom that I could use in the Inn properties which is very nice of her. Took shower and left the Inn around 7 to thank her for accommodating me in the properties. When I told her about me taking the float plane, she offered to give me ride to the floatplane docking place because I didn’t make arrangements for them to pick me up.
left to explore the wilderness. Again, walking back alone didn’t make me feel any better but me singing songs and shouting along the way made me feel stronger :-)
the Dumpling Mt. trail near the campgrounds. She attempted that trail the previous day but turned back because her friends didn’t want to go further. We decided to give it a try today. I am glad that I met Ruth, otherwise I won’t have attempted that trail at all. The trail is very bushy and there’s no way to spot a grizzly in that trail. We were making noises while hiking and it is a beautiful with great views of the park. If you have time and someone to go with you, you should hike to the Dumpling Mt.. On way back from the hike, just before reaching the campgrounds, Ruth mentioned that she had seen a grizzly closer to the gate and as we approached the gate, she said there’s a grizzly. I thought that she’s joking and when looked at on my right side there’s a grizzly just 30 feet away coming towards us. Quickly opened the gate and went in to campground to see the grizzly moving just 15 feet away from us. We were laughing about how close we came to meeting our brown friend.
But the bears never bother to cross the gate and it is the same with the “electric” fence in the campground, they never cross the electric fence which is not electric.
People I Met
here :-0 There were three 80 year old lady friends traveling together the national parks in Alaska, who made the trip to the Valley of 10000 smokes. One of them was telling me that she's into Buddhism and went to Bhutan for a month for meditation. Asked her why Bhutan, she had said that it's the happiest place of earth. Ruth moved to Washington state and decided to spend summer in Anchorage working in the hospital, spending her weekends camping and hiking around the area. Aditya camped in the Brooks lodge without any camping stove and they were trying to cook food in the camp fire, they reminded me of me trying to camp in the Hurricane Ridge first time with Walmart sleeping bag and almost frozen at night.