Muir Inlet—East Arm of Glacier Bay

Gustavus, Alaska

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Muir Inlet is one of the most attractive parts of Glacier Bay. Only a few cruise ships visit this area, and in some parts of the East Arm, motorized vessels are not permitted during the summer months. Most paddlers heading up bay do so by catching a ride on a camper-kayak transport boat to the drop-off at Mt. Wright, near the mouth of Muir Inlet. Doing so cuts about two days of paddling off a trip from Bartlett Cove and can be a significant time-saver when on a limited vacation schedule. However you miss out on the Beardslee Islands, an intriguing scattering of remote islands and solitude campsites. If you have the time, don’t pass them up. They are at their most glorious with wildlife galore between mid-May and mid-June. Trip Highlights: On this trip you see the complete vegetation and geologic transition that accompanies glacial retreat. Along the way there is the possibility of seeing black and brown bears, seals, sea lions, wolves, moose, and an array of waterfowl as well as puffins and kittiwakes.

Muir Inlet—East Arm of Glacier Bay Professional Review and Guide

"Muir Inlet is one of the most attractive parts of Glacier Bay. Only a few cruise ships visit this area, and in some parts of the East Arm, motorized vessels are not permitted during the summer months. Most paddlers heading up bay do so by catching a ride on a camper-kayak transport boat to the drop-off at Mt. Wright, near the mouth of Muir Inlet. Doing so cuts about two days of paddling off a trip from Bartlett Cove and can be a significant time-saver when on a limited vacation schedule.

However you miss out on the Beardslee Islands, an intriguing scattering of remote islands and solitude campsites. If you have the time, don’t pass them up. They are at their most glorious with wildlife galore between mid-May and mid-June. Trip Highlights: On this trip you see the complete vegetation and geologic transition that accompanies glacial retreat. Along the way there is the possibility of seeing black and brown bears, seals, sea lions, wolves, moose, and an array of waterfowl as well as puffins and kittiwakes."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Gustavus
Distance: 35
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 6 or more days
Season: Best in May to August
Local Maps: NOAA #17318
Driving Directions: Directions to Muir Inlet—East Arm of Glacier Bay

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