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Juneau Shore Excursion: Fortress of the Bears Pack Creek
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Juneau Shore Excursion: Fortress of the Bears Pack Creek

By Above & Beyond Alaska
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Ages 12-99, max of 5 per group
Duration: 8h
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Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • Certified guide
  • All necessary equipment
  • Round-trip transportation via van and floatplane
  • Rain gear, jackets and rubber boots provided - please advise supplier of sizing
  • Lunch and snacks
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Pack Creek
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • 490 S Franklin St, Juneau, AK 99801, USA
    The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers.
Pickup details
  • The “C” Sign, located near the cruise ship docks directly between Mt. Roberts Tramway and the green Taku Smokeries building, is our centralized downtown meeting location for all clients in the downtown area, including the majority of cruise ship passengers. Clients staying at major hotels in the Mendenhall Valley may be picked up directly from their hotel. Clients with their own transportation need to contact our office to arrange a meeting location.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5043PRTJNUBEAR

      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • Due to aircraft restrictions, there is a 250lbs per person weight limit on this tour. All passenger weights need to be provided at time of booking.
      • Minimum age is 12 years
      • Please note, this tour requires a minimum of 4 to operate. If minimum requirement is not met, reservation is subject to change or cancellation.
      • Bear Sightings are not guaranteed. This is wild Alaska!
      • Participants must be fit enough to hike 1-2 miles through the wilderness.
      • The Pack Creek Bear Viewing Area is a wilderness area with no facilities, restrooms, or shelter on site. All garbage and waste must be packed out.
      • All participants must agree to follow all guide and ranger direction, always stay with the group, store all food items in designated bear proof lockers, and keep all personal belongings on their person.
      • Due to the inherent risks involved in this type of tour, pregnant guests are not permitted to participate.
      • This trip operates in all weather conditions (barring unsafe conditions, to be determined by ABAK) – We can’t stress enough how important it is to dress appropriately.
      • RELEASE OF LIABILITY/ASSUMPTION OF RISK FORM: Every participant on the trip must sign a Release of Liability/Assumption of Risk form at the start of the trip. Alterations and/or deletions to the waiver are not permitted.
      • Kayaking is offered during limited bear viewing of June 20th - July 20th
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      How much is Juneau Shore Excursion: Fortress of the Bears Pack Creek?
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      • You'll start at
        490 S Franklin St
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Above & Beyond Alaska
        Stop: 60 minutes
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      • 2
        Pack Creek
        Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Above & Beyond Alaska
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        Juneau, Alaska
        Joined in July 2008
      • kylemK7001PB
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        Glacier Adventure
        From the time we met at the dock, during the short trip to the outfitters and all during the adventure, the guides were incredible. They were funny, knowledgeable and very engaging. These men and women took what would have been a typical day of canoeing in a glacial lake with absolutely stunning views and a trek across land that had formerly been buried by this massive glacier and turned it into an adventure of a lifetime. We stood next to a tree that had been buried by the glacier that had been carbon dated as being 2500 years old. We lifted a small chunk of glacial ice about the size of a brick that weighed five times as much as a brick. We tasted glacial ice, so cold and dense that we warned not to bite it. The stories, the laughs and the education that these men and woman provided during the day made this one of my favorite experiences of the entire cruise. I would highly recommend this excursion to anyone who likes adventure, beautiful scenery and a great time
        Written October 13, 2023
      • cmelet1957
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        A dream come true!!!
        From beginning to end, the trip was top notch! The float plane was great, couldn’t wait to experience it! Seeing the bears up close was a dream come true and the best birthday present a girl could wish for! My guide, Miles, was the best ever! I highly recommend this wonderful company, every contact I had with ABAK was friendly and professional! Hope to return for whale watching some day!
        Written August 19, 2023
      • mandyr230
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        July 2023- Kayaking with Whales (with 2 teenage boys)
        Chris & Matt were wonderful! We did the whale watching/kayaking combo which was perfect for our teenage boys because it was more adventurous than just whale watching. They provided all the gear we needed and a wonderful snack! Highly recommend.
        Written August 1, 2023
      • MelboxC
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        Great private hike with family
        We had a fabulous day hiking in the rain with Ben. I wasn't sure how the day was going to go since it was raining, but that didn't stop us! We hiked over gorgeous terrain and Ben was patient and fun with our 2 kids. The sky ended up clearing right when we arrived at the glacier so we got beautiful views both foggy and and sunny. As it states, you can't actually touch the glacier, its now separated by a small lake from the land.. so dont expect to touch or get on it in any way. I knew that, but I did not understand that there is actually no access to the glacier at all. The pictures of all that blue glacier are from previous years. That being said, it was an awesome day and one we will not soon forget! Highly rec doing the private group tour! It was awesome for our family!
        Written July 31, 2023
      • alexlE2324GE
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        Amazing time
        Julia was so kind and positive, she made the experience so memorable. The little lunch provided was also just the right amount. Overall we would definitely go back and we saw the rare sight of two humpback whales jumping synchronously too!
        Written July 30, 2023
      • johnm0322
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        My Favorite Juneau Excursion So Far
        During my weeklong vacation in Juneau, I booked a total of 8 excursions. There was certainly some tough competition, but I think this was likely my favorite for the following reasons: - Ideal group size - with a limit of 6 travelers, this trip is a great way to get away from the crowds. For the record, there were a total of 3 travelers on my outing, which meant a good amount of personalized interaction and one-on-one face time with the guides and staff, as opposed to a more typical tour where you need to compete for attention and are treated more as an interchangeable tourist. - Degree of physical exertion - most tours require very little physical exertion, which sort of dilutes the 'sense of accomplishment' factor. My favorite part of the tour was the packrafting portion - it felt great to know that I had to put in some minimal amount of effort to get to the destination as opposed to being shuttled there without having to lift a hand. - Novelty factor - I had never used crampons or a packraft before (though I have kayaked previously), so it was great to experience these for the first time. - Walking on top of a glacier - always a magical experience. Finally, I wanted to add a few shout outs for whoever at Above and Beyond Alaska ends up reading this: Dan, the guide who took us out on packrafting and the glacier walk, was amazing and great to interact with. I was really impressed to learn about all of the prep work that he does to get everything set up for the tours, with one example being clearing off and marking the path we walked on to get to the packrafts, and I'm sure this applies to the other guides who do this tour as well. He also came across as a very experienced and knowledgeable guide who really knows his stuff. I interacted with Claire from the office several times that day. Through all these interactions, she was really personable, friendly, open and a joy to converse with. I felt really welcome at the ABAK office relative to other tour company offices that I've visited pre- and post-excursion. I feel bad about not remembering the name of the woman who picked us up and did the drop off (I did remember that she was from Minneapolis), but she was really friendly, sociable, and great to chat with as well. If I find myself in Juneau again in the near future, I'd definitely look into doing another tour with ABAK.
        Written July 29, 2023
      • stevenfS4401PO
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        A view not to be missed
        This was a great hike led by our guide Jeffrey. Jeff was very friendly and informative. The walk is quite strenuous, but Jeff made sure everyone was capable and wearing the right clothing. A waterproof and decent walking shoes/boots are a must.
        Written July 27, 2023
      • 695alexian
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        Great day on the glacier
        Such a fun experience! Our guide was very informative and made the trip super fun. They were able to accommodate all of us, and really made Our trip amazing!
        Written July 26, 2023
      • suzanneg951
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        Interesting, Fun and Exciting
        I am so impressed by this tour company. Matt, our captain, was friendly and expertly put us in position to get the best views of the whales. I also felt safe and well cared for by both Matt and Julia. Julia was knowledgeable and fun. We saw lots of whales and learned about bubble net feeding which we witnessed. The following day we learned about bears from Mateus. The weather canceled our excursion but Mateus made the time we waited to see if the cloud cover dissipated was well spent. I can’t wait to come back and do more adventures with this company
        Written July 20, 2023
      • Julia2133
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        Well run, tons of fun!
        Our guides and the tour were amazing! Super knowledgeable and fun. I was impressed by how well run the trip was and how well prepped they were with gear and snacks for us. Would definitely recommend to others.
        Written July 15, 2023
      • jrosebud10
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        Mind-blowing experience
        This was an excellent experience with a fantastic crew! Guides were super knowledgeable (and funny to boot). Ben and Chris made everyone feel comfortable in the canoe and just had so much knowledge of the glacier. We were really lucky in that we also saw a couple of bald eagles along the way. It's a little sad to see how much the glacier has receded over time but it is still well worth going there and having your mind blown by how much ice there really is. Do the paddling tour -- it's taxing on the arms but the views and how close up you get to the glacier itself is so worth it! Thanks for a fantastic experience!
        Written July 11, 2023
      • michaellR9686ZE
        0 contributions
        Raft adventure
        Kimball was the greatest guide, our kids now want to raft in California. Dave is a horrible guide, scared the children and threw rocks at a bald Eagle, just appalling.
        Written July 3, 2023
      • hmertz
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        Must do in Juneau!
        We did the Fly-In Norris Glacier Hike & Packraft on June 30 - incredible 5 star experience!! We're locals and would absolutely recommend this tour to locals and vistors alike, it's a truly unique adventure. Abby, Cory, and the rest of the crew were so passionate and knowledgeable about the glaciers/landscape. The seaplane ride was about 25 minutes both ways. We landed on Norris lake and then had a 10 minute walk to where you get in the packrafts. The packraft paddle is about 15 minutes and you get out directly onto the glacier to hike around! You can tell that safety is the priority in every portion of the tour. A must do in Juneau!
        Written July 3, 2023
      • Donna P
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        Best day of the Alaska cruise!
        This is why I came to Alaska! I would add more stars if I could. Best day of the whole cruise! Leeann and Kiana were our guides and were terrific young ladies with hiking experience and knowledge of the local flora to share. 7 wonderful hours out in stunning nature. I would comment that if you are not physically fit, and ALSO have good balance and climbing ability- DO NOT BOOK this! It was a 968 ft elevation gain hike. Read the information on their website and do not blindly book this on trip advisor. You will climb up and down large rocks, walk thru streams or water and mud, scramble up some short rock faces with your hands and slide down on your bum. This impacts the whole group of up to 12 hikers (max tour size) as one guide has to always remain with the hikers regardless if they are capable of continuing. This is not a flat walk in the woods for someone just pulling new hiking boots out of the box that morning. That said, the other thing to note is that the glacier is receding and no two trips will be the same. You aren't walking on the glacier and the ice caves of 2022 and before are now gone. It was fascinating to see the changes made over time by the glacier. I would totally do this trip again given the chance.
        Written July 2, 2023
      • Gloria R
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        Awesome day in Juneau
        A great way to spend a day in Juneau. Noah and Keanu (spelling - sorry!) were fantastic guides. They are very knowledgeable about the history of the area, the geology and fauna and kept us all paddling along. You will need to paddle! Not kidding. It’s about an hour each way. So worth it though as the glacier is beautiful and the lake is peaceful. Not really a hike- we walked a bit to get closer to the glacier, but it’s really about the canoeing. The trip is very well organized. It was a bit chilly and there was rain on and off, so layer accordingly.
        Written June 29, 2023
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      DK F
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      Jul 2018 • Couples
      The float plane to and from Windfall Island was great. We had the opportunity to see bears from the plane. The kayaking was rather short; about 20 minutes. I would have preferred a longer trip. Unfortunately we went on a hot, sunny day and did not see any bears at pack creek. This was on July 13th and the salmon were not running either. We kayaked to the viewing area then sat and waited for 2 hours without seeing anything. Even though we didn't see any bears, the scenery was great and the guides was awesome. I recommend this trip for the plane ride and kayaking. With any animal viewing tour, I never expect to see wildlife because they are after all wild animals and unpredictable.
      Written July 25, 2018
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      Thank you for your review!! You are absolutely right, you can't expect or be guaranteed bear sighting in the wild. It is always a roll of the dice, and the odds are good but not guaranteed. The biggest thing is the Pack Creek Bear Sanctuary is a stunningly beautiful ecosystem featuring all sorts of animals interacting with their environment, many of whom are bears. For a combo of flight seeing, wildlife viewing, and kayaking, this tour is fantastic! We are very grateful you decided to join us and thank you again for sharing your experience!
      Written July 29, 2018
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