Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska

Join us on the journey of a lifetime this summer to photograph the majestic Brown Bears of Coastal Alaska.  Coastal Brown Bears are massive with adult boars regularly reaching weights of 1200 pounds as they gorge on salmon, clams & sedges on the stunning coastline of the Alaskan Peninsula. Our trip takes us to the shores of Lake Clark National Park where we will spend several days at a beautiful beach-front camp in the wilderness amongst the great bears. Lake Clark National Park is remote and about 150 air miles from Anchorage. There are no roads leading into the park and the only access is by bush-plane!

On this 5-day Tour / Workshop we will be immersed in Brown Bear Photography from the beginning until the end. The bears are extremely active in June along the coast as they gorge on abundant sedges and dig for clams. The bears congregate in food-rich locations along the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula every year after snowmelt to fatten up after their long hibernation.

On this trip you can often photograph 30-40 bears in one area as they fish, play and wrestle. Cubs of the year are still tiny this time of year and our camp is in a prime location to view and photograph mother’s as they walk along the shoreline with up to three cubs. Incredible images of giant Alaskan mountain back-drops are possible along the coast of Lake Clark National Park.

We’ll spend three nights camping along the coast of Lake Clark to maximize our photography during peak lighting conditions. Being right there gives us excellent access to the action going on around the bay and you will be able to capture thousands of excellent Brown Bear Photographs in just a few short days. Fantastic, full-frame images are possible with lenses ranging from 300mm to 400mm. Aside from Brown Bears we may also have the opportunity to photograph other species such as Moose, Fox, Wolf, Bald Eagles, Sea Otters and Harbor Seals

Ready for Lake Clark? Join us this summer for the most spectacular coastal Brown Bear Photography Experience in Alaska!


  • Small groups
  • Stunning wilderness setting
  • Incredible mountain & coastal scenery
  • Deluxe Base-Camping Trip with Electric Bear Fence
  • Incredibly high concentration of Brown Bears
  • Lake Clark National Park in the summer
  • All Inclusive Trip with our own Gourmet Camp Chef

Coastal Brown Bears of Alaska

5 Days

Price: $2895

Deposit: $1000

Fitness Level: Moderate – “Daily hikes on dirt trails & beach with your camera gear to view & photograph bears. Wilderness tent-camping.”

Meals: Dinner Day 1 through lunch Day 5

Lodging: 1 nights lodging, 3 nights Base-camping

Start/End: Anchorage, Alaska

Open Daily: 6am-6pm MST


2018 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
June 16th to 20th, 2018 2-3 (Hiker) Open
June 19th to 23rd, 2018 2-3 (Hiker) Open

2019 Departures

Dates Difficulty Availability
June 17th to 21st, 2019 2-3 (Hiker) Open
June 20th to 24th, 2019 2-3 (Hiker) Open

Trip Details

Physical Requirements
All participants must be in good physical condition and have the ability to hike with a daypack.

Group Size
This trip is limited to ten participants

We will be staying at a hotel in Anchorage, Alaska on the first night of the trip and base camping along the coast of Lake Clark National Park after that. Lodging and camping gear provided.


All meals are included during the trip dates. We’ll have a group dinner in Anchorage the first night and then be eating fantastic meals at our camp after that. We often do snacks on the trail and then return for a late breakfast during photography trips as we are often out early to capture the morning light.

The weather on the Alaskan Peninsula is variable in the fall. In past years we have had everything from beautiful, sunny fall days to overcast with light rain. Daytime temperatures are usually in the 50-60 Fahrenheit range and evenings are usually in the 40-50 Fahrenheit range. Remember some of the best photographs are made before, during and immediately after a storm cycle. There is no such thing as bad weather just poor layering and gear choices – please plan accordingly! For more info on what to bring please email or call us.

Price Includes
Meals, ground transportation, bush plane to/from Lake Clark National Park, accommodation during the trip dates, professional photography instruction, medically certified wilderness guide.

Price Does Not Include
Airfare to/from Anchorage, alcoholic beverages, accommodations before or after the trip dates, guide & staff gratuities


Day 1

Arrive in Anchorage, Alaska by 7:15pm for orientation and welcome dinner.

Day 2

Today we will board a bush plane for the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula. After a safety briefing and setting up our base-camp we will begin photographing Brown Bears! We’ll spend the entire rest of the day photographing the bears as the run, swim, fight & fish the streams.

Days 3-4

Full Days of hiking & photography as we witness the spectacle of the great bears along the coast of Lake Clark National Park!

Day 5

We’ll have a morning session of photography during magic hour lighting and then have a delicious breakfast before we board the bush plane for mainland Alaska. After arriving on the Kenai Peninsula we will have the opportunity to take showers and relax. You can book flights home any time after 7pm out of Anchorage.

“Russ runs an incredible Bear Workshop in Alaska. Safety is evident and paramount in the operation but it is also fun and informative. You will learn a lot about wildlife photography by traveling with Backcountry Journeys. The camp is well-built and very comfortable and the meals are REALLY GOOD!”

John FrancisAnne Arbor, Michigan

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