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.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Warren Island Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.