The Brooks Camp area has very few established hiking trails. However, the trails still cover a wide range of experiences including bear viewing, cultural history, quiet forests, alpine tundra, and rugged mountain scenery. All distances listed are one-way.
Brooks Falls Trail
Distance: 1.2 mi (2 km) Difficulty: Easy, wheelchair accessible
This is the most popular trail in Katmai. It contrasts a quiet walk through the boreal forest with the intimidating and exciting presence of brown bears. The Brooks Falls Trail begins across from the vault toilets .3 mi (.5 km) from the South Platform. During July, the Brooks Falls Trail rewards visitors with superb bear viewing opportunities. At the end of the trail, two raised platforms offer a bird’s eye view of bears fishing in the Brooks River. Bear viewing at the Falls is best during the July salmon run. Brooks Falls creates a temporary barrier to migrating salmon, making them more accessible to predators. This hike can be intimidating with frequent bear encounters along its entire length. Bears are commonly encountered walking and sleeping along the Falls Trail especially in July and September. Hikers must exercise caution and be prepared to move off of the trail in order to let bears pass.
Cultural Site Trail
Distance: .1 mi (.2 km) Difficulty: Easy
Lake Brooks Road
Distance: 1 mi (1.6 km) Difficulty: Easy
Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes Road
Distance: 23 mi (37 km) Difficulty: Moderate
Dumpling Mountain Trail
Distance: 1.5 mi (2.4 km) with longer options Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Last updated: March 2, 2021