Best Trail that Requires a Boat and a Gun

Point Retreat Lighthouse, Admiralty Island, Alaska

Point Retreat Lighthouse, Admiralty Island, Alaska     Photo: R.E. Johnson

It’s not for the faint of heart. The rugged, 32-mile Cross Admiralty Canoe Trail connects seven lakes on Southeast Alaska’s Admiralty Island via mud and boardwalk portages. Launch at the Tlingit fishing ­village of Angoon, a six-hour ferry ride from Juneau ($72 round-trip; alaskaferry.com), or hire a water taxi (call Whalers Cove Lodge, in Angoon; 800-423-3123) to start at Mole Harbor, the trail’s eastern end. Either route involves navigating tidal whitewater in Mitchell Bay. Did we mention the bears? There are some 1,600 of them. In addition to a firearm, you’ll want tide charts, a VHF radio, a fly rod (the lakes are jammed with trout), and an Alaskan buddy with a boat.

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