The best way to get to Chief Shakes Hot Spring is by canoe, a few miles across the Canadian border along the Stikine River, the fastest flowing navigable river in North America. From the river, you must navigate through a thicketed creek, tie up, and then hike a half mile through Alaskan rainforest – over mud and under the dense cover of Tongass National Forest. The reward is a crude steaming facility with wooden indoor and outdoor hot tubs fed by the springs. Even in the summer, this glacial-ridden area is chilly and the hot waters are welcoming, as is the view of an open field that attracts wildlife – populated by a moose and a few dozen deer when we went. We can guarantee it's the only crowd you'll ever find here.
Credit: Tyghe Trimble
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