Katmai Coast – James Custom

Katmai Coast – James Custom


July 3, 2017 - July 7, 2017


Katmai National Park





July 3, 2017 - July 7, 2017


Katmai National Park



A Custom trip for Kate, Hans and Maggie in Katmai National Park.

Join us for a week of bear viewing on Katmai National Park’s rugged Pacific Coast. From our sturdy base camp we will hike the beaches and tundra observing bears feeding, socializing and traveling through this spectacular wilderness.


Last updated: October 9, 2017


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

July 2

Meet Dave in King Salmon, Alaska for an evening pre-trip meeting. Lodging on your own.

July 3

Depart King Salmon flying east across the breadth of the park and arrive on the beach around low tide. Set up camp and watch some bears.

July 4 -6

Explore and enjoy from our basecamp. Beach walks, hikes up to the glacier, searching for Aliutiq house pits, beach combing for glass fishing floats, watching bears grazing on the sedge meadows, packrafting the river, walking the sea cliffs out by the cape, enjoying the solitude of wild Alaska and the company of bears.

July 7

Weather permitting, our pilot arrives mid-morning and a new adventure begins. We have some favorite places to show you and many more areas to explore with you. We have the plane and pilot for the bulk of the day and stop and hike at a variety of locations. With luck the weather will permit us to end the trip in the Valley of 10,000 Smokes before returning to King Salmon at day’s end.

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Transportation beyond King Salmon, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear and professional guide service. Rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included


Lodging, non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, backpack, photographic equipment. Gratuity for guide(s). An equipment list is provided upon registration.


Weather on the Katmai Coast can be blissful, sunny and warm. But it can blow and rain and storm for days too. Temperatures are mild, averaging in the 50’s but ranging from low 40’s to high 70’s. Quality raingear is a must. Bugs usually aren’t an issue on the coast but occasional biting flies warrant a small bottle of DEET, just in case.


Grizzly Maze, Nick Jans; The Bears of Katmai, Matthais Breiter. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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