Hiking in and near Pelican is doable for independent travelers who enjoy rugged uphill walking and dramatic views. A very short steep trail goes up from Pelican, and another can be accessed across the water on Yakobi Island.
Please note that there are no local hiking guides. In the summer there’s a pretty good chance of encountering a brown bear, so plan to go with a friend and be bear aware.
Yakobi Island’s Bohemia Basin, just 7 miles northwest of Pelican, offers shelter, and a 4-mile trek through old-growth forest, past lakes, and an historic mining area. Plan to hike and camp out to fully enjoy this rugged and remote part of the world.
Explore Yakobi Island’s lush rainforest on the 8-mile round-trip Takanis Lake Trail (also known as Bohemia Trail). It begins at the mouth of Bohemia Creek and wanders through old-growth forest, past two lakes, and an historic nickel mine from the 1920s and 30s.
A short but strenuous hike up Pelican’s mountainside provides great views of Lisianski Inlet. Climb 300 feet in half a mile and you’ll have your workout in for the day. Take a friend and watch for brown bear!