Warren Island Wilderness
A moss-covered boulder at Warren Island Wilderness
Warren Island Wilderness is an 11,181-acre property that covers all of Warren Island, just to the west of Prince of Wales Island. This is Tongass National Forest so the tree cover is that of a temperate rainforest: thick stands of Sitka spruce and western hemlock. The centerpiece of the island is Warren Peak, a chunk of rock that rises abruptly to 2,329 feet above mean sea level. The area is very windy most of the year, it rains or snows almost every day, there are no facilities of any sort on the island and, for that matter, the island is totally inaccessible for most of the year. Most people visit vicariously, from a vantage point several hundred feet offshore where they can see the seals, sea otters and sea lions on the rocks better.