A visit to Summer Bay beach reveals a wild and rugged vista. All thoughts and sounds of the busy port of Dutch Harbor/Unalaska are swept away as the ocean waters of the Bering Sea enter the bay and pound the shoreline with mesmerizing force. Rolling green hills surrounding the bay are carpeted with wildflowers in summer and berries in the fall.
The highest peak on Unalaska Island is no mountain, but rather an active volcano that has erupted dozens of times over the last several thousand years, the latest being just a few decades back in 1995. You can check the current status of Makushin with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, whose scientists continue to actively study the volcano to get a better understanding of when it might erupt again.
Unalaska’s Front Beach, on the shores of Iliuliuk Bay, is both inviting and picturesque. Looking toward the bay, watch for boats coming into harbor, eagles fighting over salmon, or mist engulfing the surrounding hills and mountain tops. Back toward Unalaska, you’ll find more emerald green mountain views and historic sites.