Experienced guides take guests on trails tailored to each group's preferences and level of difficulty. Every trail showcases the gorgeous nature of the area's diverse environment. Guests can get the chance to skirt above the tree line for breathtaking views of the Harding Icefield, glaciers, Resurrection Bay, pristine lakes, and the emerald forests of Kenai Fjords National Park.
Along each hike, guests will learn about the local history and wildlife of the area. The region is home to a number of large animals, including brown and black bears, Alaskan moose, lynx, and a vast array of sea life. During a stop for a satisfying picnic-style lunch surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, guests can ask their guide about the wildlife, fish, and aquatic species that make the place a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.
Guests will have their choice of hiking trails from the following options in the Seward wilderness:
EXIT GLACIER HIKE
Easy: 2 to 4 hours
2.5 to 3 miles round trip
Exit Glacier is the primary destination for visitors to witness up close the power of the glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park. You'll be guided on a network of trails through cottonwood forest that leads to different views of Exit Glacier. With lots of beautiful and fun options, your guide will make this an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime.
If you're really looking for a dose of Alaskan nature and adventure, your guide will take you right up to the toe of the glacier, if the glacier is accessible, and if conditions are safe to do so. There is also an option for a little more exertion that leads to an overlook with panoramic views of Exit Glacier in its own glacially carved valley. This is one of our favorite hikes in the area as it appeals to people from all walks of life and all ages. The Exit Glacier area presents a wonderful opportunity to learn about glaciology and to see natural history up close.
TONSINA CREEK & CAINES HEAD HIKE
Moderate: 6 hours
Tonsina Point: 4.2 miles round trip
Caines Head Trail (portion): 6 to 8 miles round trip
Join us on a magnificent wilderness and coastal hike on the edges of Seward, Alaska! There are many beautiful vistas and places to explore on this hike, so your guide will take you as far as time allows. Some of our guests want to hike as far as they can, while others simply enjoy a leisurely hike, beachcombing, and casual exploration along the route. Your guide will discuss this with you as a group before venturing out for your hiking adventure.
The first portion of the Tonsina Creek & Caines Head Trail commonly referred to as the Coastal Trail, follows a mellow grade, with the exception of two steep sections, through temperate rainforest to Tonsina Point. The three-mile section from here to Derby Cove follows an intertidal zone, and can only be hiked during low tide of three feet or lower. Our hike usually turns around somewhere in this section between Tonsina Point and Derby Cove. This allows for a diverse range of hiking and wonderful scenery.
MOUNT MARATHON BOWL HIKE
Strenuous: 4 hours on average
Join us on a locals-favorite wilderness hike. The views are absolutely amazing from the Mt. Marathon Bowl. It takes some work and effort to get up there, but it's totally worth it! You're rewarded with stunning views of Seward and Resurrection Bay that stretch for miles and miles.
Panoramic views flow into sweeping vistas highlighted by beautiful alpine flowers, and lush tundra vegetation. See a magnificent waterfall on your way up to the Bowl, that soon culminates with an up close and personal view of this glacier carved landscape, fresh with alpine wildflowers, patches of snow, and a cascading stream. This is a journey into the mountain wilderness that will surely be a highlight of your Alaska Adventure!
Duration: 4-6 hours (Roundtrip from central meeting location.)
Is this hiking tour suitable for young children?
Absolutely, we have a myriad of hiking areas to guide you on; from easy to strenuous. Kids and families are a regular on our hiking tours.
Can I bring a backpack?
Backpacks, small bags, and purses are allowed on this tour.
Can I bring my own food or drink?
Non-alcoholic beverages in a closeable containters and snacks are allowed on tour.
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