Misty Fjords, about 40 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska, is known as the “Yosemite of the North.” It’s light granite, about 50 to 70 million years old, has been sculpted by glaciers that created deep U-shaped valleys throughout. Many of the glacial valleys are filled with sea water. The walls of these valleys rise 2,000 – 3,000 feet above sea level, and drop 1,000 feet below it.
Guarding the entrance to the fjord is New Eddystone Rock, an immense volcanic spire rising from the emerald sea.
Misty Fiords is made up of 2,294,343 acres of Tongass National Forest. All but 151,832 acres are designated as wilderness. It’s not uncommon to see bald eagles, harbor seals, humpback whales, and bears. On our trip, we saw two bald eagles (and then some humpback whales later that evening when back on the cruise ship.)