Weather is a central concern to those planning to visit Cape Krusenstern National Monument at any time of year. Summer temperatures on the coast are usually in the mid 50°'s F, with mid 60’s to 70° F for highs. Some days in July may reach 80° F. Average January lows are 5°F with possible lows of -50°F. Annual averages are not always good guidelines, however. In summer, visitors can experience snow, near freezing temperatures, and long periods of clouds, wind, and rain. For backcountry hiking and camping, wear plenty of warm clothing, dress in layers, and use rain gear. Wear sturdy hiking boots and waders for wet terrain.
Did You Know?
Bearded seals (Ugruk), the largest of western arctic seals, weigh up to 800 pounds. They appear in June in the waters adjacent to the monument. Despite its short seasonal presence, the light grey bearded seal is a highly important subsistence resource.