2015 Alaska Sea Camp – Return to Hoonah

This portion of our trip to Alaska was about our journey from Greentop cove back to Hoonah. 3 days and roughly 75 mile brought us through fantastic scenery, an abundance of wildlife and a fantastic 6 knot current which timed perfectly with our days.

“After discussing the projected tides and currents for the day, we decided to leave at 6 am.  For a large group to leave on time on a kayak journey is a “daunting” task.  I think that we were all very motivated to not get stuck in an ebbing tide so we made sure to leave on time. ” – Aaron –


As we departed Greentop cove, our only foul weather for the whole trip offered us a serene and solemn beauty.



“Once we were on the water, we saw many jellyfish; we saw more leaving than we had seen all week.  I think they were saying bye and wishing us a safe journey.” – Aaron –



Unbelievable views and vistas were enhanced by the low clouds and fog lifting off the mountains.



“… we were lucky enough to paddle back on the ocean side of Yakobi Island. The weather was great conditions weren’t a concern and the scenery was spectacular.” -Mike-



Placid water felt out of place and we started to grab the current.




DSCN3343There were two more possible camps in the nearby coves. Jeff, Bernie and Mike checked it out. A bear was in the site next to it and we decided he was good to be left there, rather than chased elsewhere, so we paddled silently by.


Our campsites were above high tide,




“We could see the high water line and prayed that we would be up high enough so that high tide would not reach out tents.” – Aaron –




and our cooking/meal site was away from camp and below high tide.


“The chart listed fresh water as being available here and it was a major reason for stopping.  There was a small stream flowing into the cove here and it was very pretty.” – Bernie




Dinner cooking. We had the same full meal deal as we did at the cabin, including dessert.








“Waking up in the early morning, we all heard the tide extremely close to out tents.  A few brave members on the trip got up to look how close it was.  We all managed to stay dry. ” – Aaron –


Campfires were below high tide: low impact/leave no trace.






Ryan is scouting a tree to hang our food , toothpaste, etc, to avoid enticing bear.




“Ryan found a suitable tree and set up a rope to haul our food supplies up a tree and away from any bears.” – Bernie

DSCN0190During the night, the high tide could be heard lapping near our tents, but this was the scene in the evening and in the morning. It was a long haul for gear.



“The tide had gone out and we had a very long carry in from of us, certainly a hundred yards or more, all on slippery rocks and sea weed.” – Bernie

DSCN3437We needed to do a little camp cleanup; it looks like uour boats exploded, but it was tidy by bed time





As we waited for the long solstice day to end, we made friendly bets to see where the sun would finally set.



DSC00997Our route took us through the passage on the right.




DSCN3486Becky is settling to the routine of the long paddle to Hoonah.




DSCN3398Jeff and Michelle with a glacial field in background.




DSCN3421Days of saltwater accumulating on gear makes us look (and feel) a little crusty.




DSCN3423Lunch break





“South Inian Pass and it was noteworthy because of the fast currents there.  Back home when I was preparing for the trip I saw a note in that section that warned of currents as high as 8-10 knots.” – Bernie

DSC01023Not just a good book, this is Ryan’s subtle way of saying “the tide is wasting”.




DSCN3497The last turn before we see Hoonah





“Paddling 30 miles two days in a row was a treat.” – Fred –

DSCN0206Soon to be a tourist destination





“I’m not sure I was ready to go back as I had enjoyed our trip so much.” -Mike

DSCN0210Icy Strait Outfitters





OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe arrived in good spirits and one powerful group.




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2015 Alaska Sea Camp - Greentop to Hoonah