Head out on a hike with an experienced guide, who can tailor the tour based on your preferences and requested difficulty level. There are many trails around Seward, providing incredible views of the region's natural beauty.
You might see Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay, the massive Harding Icefield, pristine lakes, or magnificent emerald forests. Each trail showcases the area's diverse environment and ecosystems.
Along each hike, guests will learn about the local history and wildlife of the area. The region is home to a variety of Alaskan wildlife, including brown and black bears, Alaskan moose, lynx, seabirds, and marine animals like whales, otters, and seals.
This tour can either be 2 or 4 hours long. Available trail options have varying difficulty levels: Easy:
trails near the Exit Glacier
Slower-paced, strolling option with flat trails/minimal elevation gain. Moderate:
Trail hiking option with rolling terrain, more elevation change, and a faster pace. Strenuous:
trails at Mount Marathon
Trail hiking option with rough, uneven, slippery terrain and steep inclines. Best for guests who are active and exercise regularly.
Duration: 2-4 hours (Roundtrip from Seward. )
- Ground transportation to trail/hiking area
- Professional backcountry wilderness guide for an interpretive hike
- Minimum of 2 passengers required to book
- Children are welcome, and you are responsible for ensuring they can safely complete the hike.
- Wear sturdy, broken-in hiking boots or shoes
- Dress in layers appropriate for current weather conditions (a rain jacket is recommended)
- Please eat a hearty breakfast in the morning prior to arriving for your trip, bring snacks, and a full water bottle.
- Please bring your camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, and any personal items you will need.
Duration: 2-4 hours. Tour times below are approximate:
- This tour meets at the operator's office in Seward. Pick-up is available at certain locations at your request. Further information is provided on your finalized ticket voucher.
ADA Accessibility of Tour:
- This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible. Guests should be active and comfortable hiking for 2 or 4 hours at your chosen difficulty level. You should be prepared for stronger sunlight/heat than you may expect, sudden weather/temperature changes, and potentially snow on portions of the trail. Please be aware that there are no bathrooms in the backcountry, and you will have to "go" outside in nature. Facilities are available before and after the tour.
Is this hiking tour suitable for young children?
Yes, we often welcome younger kids and families on this tour! Children should be comfortable hiking for 2 or 4 hours, at varying difficulty levels based on your preferences. Please determine if this tour is a good fit for your child before booking. Please contact us with any questions.
Are there bathrooms available? What do I do with my trash?
There are bathrooms available before and after the tour, but there are no facilities available in the backcountry. All guests are required to use Leave No Trace practices when relieving themselves on the trail. Any and all trash must be kept on your person and brought out of the park with you; no garbage cans are available. Alpine ecology is very delicate and we ask you to please respect National Park Service land and your fellow hikers by adhering to all guidelines. Your guide is there to answer questions!
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour. You will want a bag that can comfortably carry your water, snacks, and personal items.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Yes, you should bring your own snacks and sufficient water on this tour.
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Jul 2019 - Kevin S.
Although relatively short, a great hike led by a great guide (Kira, I think). We were able to walk up the riverbed to the bottom of the glacier for a fantastic perspective. The group was then allowed to customize our remaining hike based on several suggestions from Kira. Would highly recommend this hike to anyone.
Sep 2018 - Emmanuel N.
A little pricey considering the brevity of the walk.
May 2018 - Jenny S.
This hike was so much more than what we expected! Although our ship was late clearing customs, our guide, Kyle, waited over an hour. We arrived at the meeting point 10 minutes after he left. He would have been perfectly justified in telling us we had missed our opportunity but instead, he came back to get us. Kyle was very knowledgeable about the area and kept an appropriate pace for our small group. We saw whales, otters, ravens and eagles, had a lovely lunch on the shore, skipped rocks and built a temporary stone bridge to ford the rising tide. Kyle dropped us between downtown and the port (at our request) so we could enjoy one final walk in Seward before boarding. I would give Kyle 10 stars if that rating were available!