Bear Track Inn
Situated on the tranquil shores of Icy Strait in Gustavus, Alaska, the rustic but elegant Bear Track Inn features exquisite accommodations, diverse activities and scrumptious meals. With Glacier Bay National Park as your backdrop, the Bear Track Inn is the finest lodge in the quirky town of Gustavus.
Ease of access for travelers with direct flights from a choice of airlines including Alaska Airlines and Alaskan bush planes, combined with world-class fishing in Icy Strait and adjoining Glacier Bay National Park, has made the Bear Track Inn a destination point for many travelers.
Bear Track Inn Review
AdventureSmith Explorations’ Bear Track Inn review includes a detailed description and photo gallery. Our Alaska experts have stayed at the Bear Track Inn firsthand. Please read our lodge review below then contact our experts to compare the Bear Track Inn with other adventure lodging and Alaska land tours.
Choose the Bear Track Inn for a remote Glacier Bay Lodge that’s cozy and comfortable. This hidden gem is situated on 97 beautiful acres and is known for excellent hospitality.
History & Design at Bear Track Inn
Built and operated by the Olney family, the Bear Track’s log design exudes true Alaskan ambiance and hospitality. The lodge comprises nearly 275 logs and 15,000 total square feet of hand-crafted spruce log construction. No trees were killed to build the inn; Sitka spruce bark beetle previously infected the logs. The Inn first opened in August of 1997 and is located on 97 acres surrounded by large growth forest, open meadows and views of Icy Strait. It is nestled next to a creek full of salmon while in season, and is only a half-mile walk to the beaches of the Icy Strait. Guests might spy black bears, moose, wolves and bald eagles.
Common Areas & Amenities at Bear Track Inn
The lobby is the focal point of the Inn stretching 30 feet from floor to ceiling with a central, large walk-around fireplace. Two large outdoor decks; a conference room with foosball, ping-pong and darts; and a gift shop with handmade Alaskan items round out the amenities. Complimentary transportation is provided to all activities in Gustavus in conjunction with activites booked through the Inn. There is also an onsite business center, wireless Internet, secretarial services, laundry service and travel center.
Dining at Bear Track Inn
The Bear Track Inn’s dining room features a family-style atmosphere with all meals included in the rate. Breakfast and dinner are served in the dining room, while lunch is provided on every excursion. Dinner’s full gourmet menu features several entrees each night including varieties of steak, salmon, halibut, buffalo, caribou, pork tenderloin, chicken and vegetarian dishes.
Activities at Bear Track Inn
The Bear Track Inn’s privileged location on the tranquil shores of Icy Straits in Gustavus, Alaska, with Glacier Bay National Park as its backdrop, translates into various activity options. Glacier tours, whale watching, kayaking, wildlife viewing, fishing, bear tours, flightseeing and more are all options that can be arranged onsite.
Accommodations at Bear Track Inn
Bear Track Inn features spacious accommodations in 14 guest rooms, each with private baths and two queen-size beds. Measuring 270 square feet, each room has an armoire, trestle bench, down comforters, high threadcount sheets and table and chairs. Bathrooms have an extra-large sink, acrylic tub/shower and extra-large luxury bath towels. First floor rooms have 8-foot ceilings, while second floor rooms having vaulted ceilings. All rooms feature gorgeous views of Gustavus. Two rooms are handicap accessible.