The United States Congress designated the Warren Island Wilderness (map
) in 1980 and it now has a total of 11,559 acres
All of this wilderness is located in Alaska
and is managed by the Forest Service.
Warren Peak rises dramatically from the sea to 2,329 feet above Warren Island, off the northwestern coast of Prince of Wales Island, about 75 air miles from Ketchikan. Covered in typically dense coastal spruce-hemlock rain forest, the area usually gets battered by extremely strong, wet winds that have twisted many of the trees near the shoreline. A few small, protected coves and beaches dent the leeward side of the island, but the rest of the shoreline is rock and windswept cliffs protected by dangerous shoals. Lack of boat anchorages and floatplane landing sites, combined with exposure to the open sea, makes access difficult, and Warren Island is, in fact, inaccessible much of the year. Sea lions, seals, whales, and sea otters may be seen along the shoreline, and Sitka black-tailed deer, black bears, and wolves have been spotted inland. Bald eagles live here, but Warren Island is best known for its seabirds. You'll find no trails, no chance to get wet firewood started most of the year, no facilities of any kind, and little chance of help if trouble arises. However, Warren Island Wilderness presents an excellent opportunity for a totally unspoiled Wilderness experience.