We made it to Brooks Falls on a Saturday afternoon in September...two days before the lodge was closing. Getting to the falls was harder than we imagined - we didn't know that the bridge would close so often and for such lengths of time. In September, there are many bears downstream - and the bridge closings are often and timely. Twice, we had bears falls asleep right under the platform! We did eventually make it to the falls - and just enjoyed being there. There was no wait line- and at one point, there were five bears right at the falls (and maybe 4 more in the area).
The salmon are not jumping the falls in September, but if you still want to see the bears...we found it a good time to go. No waits, lots of bears, and No Mosquitoes!
Just be mindful of the bear jams if you do a daytrip . We did a one-night stay. After watching about eight people almost miss their flight the day before we left, we opted not to cross the river the day we were leaving...too risky. There were seven others on our 4 pm flight that made the same decision. The bridge didn't open until about noon - the people were told that if they had the 4:00 flight, based upon the high bear activity, they should not cross the river and expect to make the flight. They were right, we left without two people. Luckily, there were two people from the 5 pm flight that took their spot leaving two spots open on the later flight. Just be mindful if you are making a day trip - it might not always work out for the best.
There are pit toilets on the brooks falls side of the river...use them when you can - you just never know how long you might be stuck somewhere!
Other hikes in the area that we thought were good -
Dumpling Mountain - we went to the overlook - gorgeous!
Brooks Lake - like a sheet of glass - a lot of anglers
Cultural Site - we did the ranger talk, very good and interesting...more on the history of why the park is a national park.
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