Cruising Fords Terror, Alaksa

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness

alaska glacierFord’s Terror is a very steep and narrow fjord 60 miles southeast of Juneau in Alaska’s Inside Passage. It lies within the Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror Wilderness. It is located about 45 miles (72 km) south of Juneau and 70 miles (110 km) north of Petersburg, Alaska, off of Holkham Bay and adjacent to Stephens Passage within the Tongass National Forest. Tracy Arm is the heart of the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness, designated by the United States Congress in 1980.

Bounded by Canada on the east, this Wilderness is highlighted by two sheer-walled fjords, Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm, both narrow and deep and over 30 miles long. At the head of both fjords tidewater glaciers calve regularly into the sea, making a boat approach to their faces dangerous. These two inlets are stunning examples of the influence glaciers have had – and continue to have – on this region. Ford’s Terror displays the deep gouging effect glaciers can have, while Endicott Arm showcases the smoothing effects of glacial activity with its rounded ridge lines and gentle shore. The fjords wind past waterfalls to massive glaciers, their icebergs dotted with hundreds of harbor seals. Humpback whales are a common sight, as are killer whales.

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