Bears of the Katmai Coast- Davalos Custom

Bears of the Katmai Coast- Davalos Custom


July 9, 2015 - July 13, 2015


Katmai National Park





July 9, 2015 - July 13, 2015


Katmai National Park



The Katmai Coast is like no other place on earth. Katmai National Park boasts some of the highest densities of brown bears, and the largest brown bears in the world. But Katmai bear viewing is just the tip of the iceberg for this week long adventure on the rugged coast of Katmai National Park. The rich waters of the North Pacific have carved long sandy beaches on this volcanic coast. Glacier encrusted peaks loom above rich grassy meadows, active volcanoes smoke in the distance, basalt cliffs shelter rocky harbors and wildlife is everywhere. From our camp in the flower-filled dunes, we can watch sea birds fish, observe Katmai bears feeding in the tide, hear glaciers cracking on the peaks to the north, and watch the dramatic weather move over this wild landscape.


Last updated: October 12, 2015


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

July 9

Depart Anchorage and fly the length of Cook Inlet to Cape Douglas at the north end of the Katmai beaches. Set-up camp and hike to the meadow where we usually find bears.

July 10

Explore and enjoy from our base camp. 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, walking the sea-cliffs out by the cape, and who knows what else. The solitude and majesty of the location can’t be beat.

July 11- 12

Pack-up and head south down the Katmai Coast. Stops at Big River, Swikshak Lagoon and Halo Bay are all in order. We can camp on the beach or in the mountains these nights. Of course everything is dependant on the weather.

July 13

We have most of the day to explore south along the Katmai Coast landing on rarely visited beaches, taking aerial photos of the coast and volcanoes. By nightfall we will need to fly back to Anchorage to end the trip.

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 Anchorage including dedicated aircraft for duration of trip, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, water filter, base camp tent, safety & repair gear and professional guide service.


Lodging, non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, backpack, tent, photographic equipment. Gratuity for guide(s).


Rain is likely, fog is common. Weather related delays are often a factor along the coast.


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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