Brooks Camp Bear Viewing for Handicapped Persons
Due to the remote wilderness nature of Katmai National Park & Preserve, handicapped accessibility is limited but still provides a rewarding experience for those with impaired mobility.
Brooks Camp lodging, camping, visitor center, and auditorium facilities are accessible to visitors using wheelchairs; however, the narrow dirt walkways can be rough and become muddy during bad weather. Brooks Lodge has the only flush toilet public restrooms in the Park. They are wheelchair accessible.
The lower bear viewing platform, located at the mouth of Brooks River across the floating bridge from Brooks Camp, also has a wheelchair accessible ramp; however, we caution those of limited mobility that inadvertent very close encounters with brown bears are possible and require visitors to move quickly.
The trail to Brooks Falls and the Falls bear viewing platform are not handicapped accessible. The Trail is also not appropriate for visitors unable to move quickly off the trail and into the woods, especially during high bear density in July. There is a steep grade on the Falls Trail just before the Falls platform, which is in an area of high bear use and the site of many lengthy bear delays to and from the bear viewing platforms.
But of all the opportunities to view brown bears in the wilds of Alaska, the facilities and arrangements at Brooks Camp are most likely the best for handicapped individuals.
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