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Reviewed September 2, 2017

Very difficult hike for the mature crowd whose members are not familiar with uphill ventures. A serpentine 1.25 hour bus ride traversing the river 3 times, leads one to the Ranger station. Begin the downward path, easily marked, tends to leave your knees slightly achy once the bottom is reached. Continues over the terrain created by the world's largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century. (1912 Novarupta). The trek ends at the most beautiful, low angled water fall rushing into the valley. After photos begin the return trip UPWARD. 1000 feet. Seemingly never ending. Once at the top, pat yourself on your back.An all day event and worth every minute. Bring your own lunch or expect to pay $16.00 for a cheap sandwich and a cup of coffee.

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Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

Took the tour while staying at Brooks Lodge. An absolutely amazing view of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century (30x greater than Mt. St. Helens). The tour is a one hour ride along a truly single lane road through the wilderness and fording 3 streams to the center overlooking the lava field. The scenery along the way was spectacular and the guide/driver provided must have insight as we drove out. The outlook center provides a detailed history of the eruption and its aftermath - worth taking the time to read all the exhibits. If able, do take the hike to the lava field. It is fairly strenuous, descending 800 ft to the valley over a 1.5 mile hike. In the valley next to the river, you get a real feel for the amount of lava covering the area. The river has carved out a 50 foot wall and the hike takes you right next to the river. Certainly worth the trip when in Katmai National Park.

Thank Rick J
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

Although the valley no longer smokes it's still an amazing spot. Seeing the layers of ash that fell and hardened as a result of the Novarupta Volcano in 1912 was incredible. We got to the Griggs Visitor Center via the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Tour offered at Katmai National Park. The ranger who accompanied our group was quite knowledgeable. The hike down into the valley was pleasant, but hiking back up can prove a bit strenuous if not in decent shape. It's not for everyone, but if hiking, wildlife and geology are of interest, it's a must see.

Thank fewsl
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Reviewed July 30, 2017

Loved this place. Try to do the hiker yourself and visit both spots. I plan on coming back and doing a few days to try to reach the crater. It is a really awesome place. Hike back up is a bit tough, bring water down with you. You'll want it. And take a watch. You want to budget at least 40 minutes (if you are in avg conditions) from where the fork happens so that you make the pick up time properly. Brings layers and a rain jacket. Temp varies a lot. I went first week of July.

Thank 1909_Chris
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Reviewed July 22, 2017

A well narrated bus ride over a gravel road with brown bears plentiful at the start of the trip. VTTS is an amazing lunar landscape over ancient rock layers, but the trip was cancelled one day while we were there because the bears were plentiful enough that the park kept the Floating Bridge closed for 7 hours (also preventing people from reaching bear viewing platforms). We were crowded into a treed area where most people couldn't even see bears while holding out the potential for taking their tour, but it didn't happen that day. Most people thought that was unreasonable as the bears really weren't taking any notice of people - just fishing and sleeping. I agree that NPS can do better than that.

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