Baranof Island, AK

Soft rain gently ripples a pool of water at Baranof Warm SpringsBaranof Island, AK sometimes also referred to as Baranov Island is a small remote landmass located in the northern Alexander Archipelago of the Alaskan Panhandle. The Island was named in 1805 by Imperial Russian Navy Captain U. F. Lisianski to honor Alexander Andreyevich Baranov, the first governor of Russian Alaska.

This image, captured on a cold and rainy day visit to the town of Baranof Warm Springs, illustrates that Alaska, known for sweeping vistas and majestic mountain ranges, also holds much subtle beauty on a more intimate scale!

Baranof Warm Springs is largely a seasonally occupied community (there is a single year round resident) featuring a total of nine hot springs with temperatures ranging from luke warm to 120 degrees F. The community at Baranof Warm Springs has built a boardwalk and public bathhouse, featuring three separate tubs, at the waterfront to provide an option for seasonal visitors not wanting to make the 1/4 mile hike up the trail to bathe in one of the communal natural warm spring pools.

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