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Old May 12th, 2005, 02:48 PM
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Hi again,

I was just wondering if anyone knew of independent tour groups that run hikes in Juneau or Ketchikan? Also, does anyone have any recommendations of scenic hikes that are easy to moderate?

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Old May 12th, 2005, 08:42 PM
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What cruise line are you on? When do you go?
There should be information on the web site about shore excursions.
You can write/email for a vacation guide
Official Alaska VAcation Planner
Dept 5101 P.O. Box 196710
Anchorage, AK 99519-6710
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Old May 13th, 2005, 07:44 AM
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There is PLENTY of hiking in all Alaska ports. Simple to go on your own. Basics- Juneau, Mt. Roberts , Mendenhall Skagway Lower and Upper Dewey Lake, Ketchikan Deer Mt. Trail.
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Old May 14th, 2005, 08:17 PM
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Because various governmental agencies require permits, there are no independently guided hiking tours.

Thre are lovely hikes all over Southease Alaska. If you are going on your own, please notify someone as to where you are going and when you intend to be back, Bear bells are suggested. This is just basic safety.

Check out this list at trail Mix. http://juneautrails.org/trails/trails.html
I consider. Perseverance, Mt Roberts, and West Glacier to be the Juneau must hikes. Perseverance is the easiest and the close to your cruise ship. If you hike Mt. Roberts the tram will take you down for only $5.

For Ketchikan check out http://www.alaskaonline.org/hiking/ketchikan.php
Deer Mountain is the premeier hike, but it is a moderate hike,. You might try the salmon walk or the Nob Hill walk.

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Old May 16th, 2005, 01:57 AM
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US Government Bulletin No. 3500021

The following instruction is to be provided all cheechako’s contemplating hiking in Alaska. This message should be administered only by seasoned US Park Service personnel. Preferably by tenured Rangers only.

Bears in Alaska:

Folks, hiking season in Alaska in now upon us. The rewards experienced adventuring into the Alaska great outdoors are without parallel. However, before we begin such undertaking we must take a few precautions. First and foremost is the concern over bear encounters. One should always carry pepper “bear” spray and wear “bear” bells when in bear country.

While hiking it is most important for one to be able to gauge the threat level from bears by recent bear activity at any given time. We must be able to do this in order to adjust our wariness. Other than in the arctic regions only two types of bears are common to Alaska. Black Bear and Brown Bear. Brown Bear are normally much more aggressive and dangerous than the Black variety. Therefore, it is important to be able to distinguish between the two species. How do we tell the difference?

Bear poop or “scat” is the answer.

Black bears------feed on berries, squirrels and such. Therefore, black bear poop can be identified by the presence of partially digested berries, rodent and squirrel hair.

Brown bear-----poop, however, can be more easily identified since it smells strongly of pepper spray and is usually loaded with little bells.
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