Larsen Island Travel Guide

  • Pyarimid Mountain
    Pyarimid Mountain
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  • Anton Larsen Bay Road
    Anton Larsen Bay Road
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  • End and start of the trail
    End and start of the trail
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Larsen Island Things to Do

  • Can you spot the 2 Bald Eagles in this...

    You may have to enlarge the photo you can see them in the trees in the upper right hand corner. They are scouting the river for late run silver salmon and small animals that may come down near the river for a drink!!

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  • Early morning sun from behind Barometer...

    As you near the pass in the early morning in Winter you can look back and watch the sun rise just behind the mountain. If you enlarge the photo you will see lot's of Wild Rabbit tracks in the foreground. We saw tons of Rabbit tracks today (January 18, 2004) but not a single rabbit. We did spot 8 Sitka Black Tailed Deer though.

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  • Feel the cold in this photo

    I love days after a fresh snow when it's very cold and everything is frozen in time....usually on mornings like this everything is very quiet and all you can hear are the birds flying around.

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Larsen Island Transportation

  • Early morning on the road

    If you get on the road early ..say as the morning starts to come alive you'll have many chances for Deer and fox spotting along the road....but at that time you probably won't be able to photograph them as there won't be enough light. As you drive out the road you will have the sun rising to your back and the early morning colors can be rich!!

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  • Bring your own vehicle

    There isn't any public transportation to get out here such as buses. Well you could hire a taxi in the town of Kodiak but it would cost about $50 to get out here. So if you are traveling here either make a local friend or rent a car. In the winter 4 wheel drive is much better as once you go past the golf course the roads will be quite snowy and in...

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Larsen Island Local Customs

  • Steam is rising

    As we were coming back from our hike and we came around the corner where we could see the whole inner part of Anton Larsen Bay I could see what I thought was blowing snow at the head of the bay.....There was a slight breeze in the air but nothing that was going to kick up that much snow! We were driving slowly looking for VT photo Ops!! hahaha so...

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  • Sitka Black Tailed Deer

    In the middle of the photo you can see a Sitka Black Tailed Deer. I stopped to take a photo and all it did was lift it's head to look at us one time then went right back to eating some grass that was sticking out of the snow under the trees. You'll have to enlarge the photo to see the deer very well.

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  • Blanket of snow on the trees

    I just love the way the snow builds up on the spruce trees after a snow storm and gives the forest a whole different look. Winter Wonder Land!!!

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Larsen Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Grave Markers in the snow

    You can see the 3 grave markers in the snow that memorialize the spot that some sport fisherman and their pilot hit the ground a few years ago. Small planes fly through this pass frequently as it cuts down on flying time to get to the south end of the west side of the island. But quite often this pass is fogged in and impossible to fly safely...

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  • Travel Warning sign

    This sign is put up to make sure you are prepared for adventure in the winter!! Once you go past this sign you are on your own!! The roads are not plowed on a regular basis although this year they are!! Everytime that I have driven the road they have been cleared but of course there is still snow and ice on them but not 2 feet!! haha

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  • Drive too fast and you'll end up like...

    On the way back from our hike we came across a Suburban that had not been able to make a turn and he crashed through the snow berm and was stuck....There wasn't anybody around so I figured this guys vehicle would make a great VT photo!!! The truck still had dealer plates on it so the guy either was taking it for a test drive or had just bought it....

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Larsen Island Tourist Traps

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    Taking a break

    by herzog63 Written Jan 17, 2004

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    There aren't any tourist traps in this area as there isn't anything to do here except have fun!! So if you don't have fun you must not like being outside. Anytime of year is Fun here! It's even fun to take a break from a day of snowboarding and lay in the snow!!

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Larsen Island Off The Beaten Path

  • And back to the car again

    In the middle of the photo you can see our car. This was our view from the last little hill coming back from the hike. This is a great area to hike in during winter time as you can spot wildlife and the chances of running into a bear are very slim...Although it could happen!! Don't get mad at me if the Bears don't follow the rules!! hahaha One...

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  • Coming out of the Spruce trees......

    Here's Duke coming out of the Spruce Trees. It is quite dark under the cover of the snow covered spruce trees and seemed great to see the sunshine on the other side. Although the echoes of the squirells was a beautiful sound inside the forest.

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  • Spotted a Sitka Black Tailed Deer

    Right after I took this photo of Duke entering the Spruce forest and put my camera away we came face to face with a Deer right on the trail. The weird thing was Duke had just run off the trail about 50 feet to the Right and the deer was coming down the trail and spotted us and just leasurely walk off the trail and over the hill......I didn't even...

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Larsen Island Sports & Outdoors

  • Snowmachines are popular

    This area is probably the most popular area for using a snowmachine as it is the area that recieves the most snow that's not too far from town. There are several trails that are on both sides of the road. Beware of Avalanches!! Snowmachines have been involved in most of the avalanches involving humans here in Kodiak!!

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  • Snow Boarders Preparing for the hike

    Here you can see a couple of snowboarders preparing their gear for the hike up and a day of fun on Pyramid Mountain!! This sunday (1/18/04) is quite strange as there were only 2 other groups of people up at the pass having fun. Compared with last Sunday that had over 20 groups at 12:00 Noon. I guess it's because of the AFC and NFC Championship...

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  • Father and Son taking a break on the...

    Here you can see me and Hadji taking a short break...really not a break just stopping for a photo in the sunshine. From looking at the photo you wouldn't think it was -6 F but was!! Warm layers.....on this hike Hadji discarded his jacket along the trail to be picked up later even though it was -6 F he was quite hot hiking!

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Larsen Island Favorites

  • Trees frozen in time.........

    Just looking at these trees makes me feel cold sitting here infront of the computer loading this stuff up.....but as we hiked through the area I didn't even think about being cold!! haha But I did think the trees looked quite interesting all frozen like that.

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  • This is for MrClay - Red Cloud River in...

    Red Cloud River is a scenic spot for making photos, Fishing, or just listening to the water gurlge....but that is in summer time. In the winter there is as stillness in the air and I could only hear a muffled gurgling sound under the ice as the river flowed under the blanket of white.... Mike ....You may not even recognize the photo...you may have...

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  • Great views behind the antenna field

    I love the views behind the antenna field found at the the United Coast Guard Communications Center. I just wish those antennas weren't in the view.

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Do not walk on the ice in Anton Larsen Bay!!
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Hair Pin Turns
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Squirells eating the winter stores
Local Customs
Temperature Extremes in Winter
Warnings and Dangers
Start of the trail
Off The Beaten Path
Rabbit Tracks.......No Rabbits
Off The Beaten Path
First rays of light
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Snow Boarding Heaven
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Very Narrow roads in winter
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Stop and take tons of photos....
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Beautiful views at every turn
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Wrestling in the snow
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No free rides
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Frosty Duke
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Snow Boarding
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Riding Dual
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Duke having fun
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Sledding
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Get up early to enjoy the sunrise
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Snow Boarding
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Watch along the roads for Fox
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Sitka Black Tailed Deer
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