Enjoying a beautiful hike on Prince of Wales Island is easy when you are properly prepared for the weather, wildlife and trail conditions.
Hundreds of black bears live on Prince of Wales Island. Follow these backcountry rules to safely share the island with bears.
Make noise to avoid surprising bears.
Never get between a sow and her cubs.
Keep food in closed containers.
Sleep away from your food.
Don’t crowd bears; stay a safe distance.
Don’t fish where bears are fishing.
Clean fish in strong currents.
know the weather
Prince of Wales Island is located in the Tongass National Rainforest which means we experience moderate temperatures and high levels of precipitation. High temperatures average 55-65 in the summer and 35-45 in the winter. Rainfall averages 2-8 inches per month in the summer and 8-13 inches per month in the winter. Snow generally occurs more substantially in the higher elevations.
a few things to bring
Waterproof hiking boots.
Warm clothes and rain gear.
Bug repellent spray or lotion.
Bear repellent spray or bells.
GPS-device with TOPO maps.
Emergency communication device.
Binoculars and cameras.
Wild plant and animal guide.
Ample water and food supply.
Pack it In Pack it Out
There are no garbage removal services provided on the island, so please respect our wilderness by leaving no trace of human activity. This will ensure our wildlife is protected from pollution, and our beautiful forests and waterways are preserved for future enjoyment by all future generations. Together we can protect our island!
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