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Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes

Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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This area offers many hiking options.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
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“bad knee” (2 reviews)
Katmai National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed 29 September 2017

Challenging walk but it is worth it. Views and lava flows are outstanding. You can see for miles in every directions.

Thank jettag1950
Reviewed 3 September 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...More

Thank bill s
Reviewed 17 August 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...More

Thank Rick J
Reviewed 1 August 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...More

Thank fewsl
Reviewed 30 July 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...More

Thank 1909_Chris
Reviewed 23 July 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...More

Thank Traveler_from_Alaska
Reviewed 7 June 2017

We did a day tour from katmai via bus to this valley. Then we walked down to the valley floor, was interesting, but since we only had 4 nights in Katmai NP, I would have preferred more time with the bears.

Thank rdsat
Reviewed 21 January 2017

The amount of ash thrown out of the Katmai and Novarupta eruptions in 1912 is hard to fathom - it extends for many miles and is easily hundreds of feet thick. The trip on a 4-WD bus takes all day, and includes an optional hike...More

Thank peter l
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I decided to go to the Valley of 10,000 Smokes as a day trip from Brooks Lodge at a cost of $96 (with lunch or $84 without lunch). I went on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. I knew in advance that there was an optional 3...More

2  Thank JCAMHNC
Reviewed 16 September 2016

This day tour was a great experience - it gets you away from the day crowds at Brooks Camp, and a ranger provides even more interesting information about Katmai NP on the bus ride, during catered lunch, and the (moderately strenuous) hike down to the...More

Thank stephsk8s
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Response from fewsl | Reviewed this property |
We got back between 3 and 4.