Bartlett Cove Campground
Sure, the lodge would sure be comfortable, and the Bed and
Breakfasts in Gustavus sound inviting, but hey, you are on adventure.
And when it comes to saving money, you sure canít beat free!
Tent camping in this beautiful area would be ideal, and if that option
had been explained to us, we sure would have taken advantage.
The campground is not more than a half mile from the
Glacier Bay Lodge. Take the shuttle
bus to the lodge and walk through the lodge, exiting through the back door.
The back deck has a staircase that drops down to a trail.
Follow the trail to the left along the coast about a half a mile.
There will be a trail into the forest to the left with a sign indicating
Although the campground is free, one must still register. Registration takes place at the Visitor Information Station near the dock behind the lodge. The campground never fills up. There is a primitive outhouse and some food lockers to protect your food from bears. Although the grounds are primitive, campers still have access, for a small fee, to the public showers and laundry in the building next to the lodge. There is a covered area for cooking and campers can use the wood stored in this area. An axe is provided for splitting the wood. Most campers make their fires in the inner-tidal zone on the coast. There is also water available on the grounds.
As I walked out of the campground back to the lodge one
evening a porcupine walked right up to the tree next to me and climbed right up
past me. I was amazed to watch how
the fat critter climbed with short stubby little arms that pulled the
weight of his body up from limb to limb, much in the same way a little child
climbs a tree.
For those looking for a short but wonderful hike, the
Forest Trail Loop begins next to the campground.
It is about a mile long, and very easy to walk.
The loop is quite level and the last quarter mile is a boardwalk.
When the trail meets the road again, turn to the right and walk up the
road a short distance. Across the
road from the employee residences on the left side of the road the trail starts
again. This will lead back to
Glacier Bay Lodge. The Ranger leads
guided tours along this trail. The
times of these guided walks are posted in the campground bulletin board.
I was fortunate to have met up with John, a visitor from Colorado, who was camping there in the campground. He had been there for about four days and we had the privilege of paddling with him on the evening kayak tour. John had not seen any bears in the campground during his visit. Campers have done such a good job making sure that food and good smelling things are stored in the bear-proof lockers that bears have not learned they can get an easy meal in this campground.
For more information about this campground, visit the
National Park Service's Website at http://www.nps.gov/glba/pphtml/camping.html.
Last Visited: July 2000