Johns Hopkins Inlet
Glacier Bay National Park, AK
After paddling amid curious harbor seals and sea otters and past the sheer, 150-foot face of the Lamplugh Glacier calving into the ocean, it’s hard to imagine the scenery meter cranking up any higher. But at this rocky beach camp near the mouth of Johns Hopkins Inlet, you’ll soon learn that everything else was merely prelude. From your tent door, watch icebergs float in the bay and snowy mountains rise 12,000 feet out of the water. This camp lies about halfway through a four- to five-day sea kayaking trip (depending on put-in) in Glacier Bay’s West Arm. Make it a two-night stopover, allowing a full day to paddle up the cliff-lined inlet for a closer view of the Johns Hopkins Glacier.
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