Alaska: Women’s National Parks Hiking & Multi Sport Adventure | June 20-30, 2024
Moderate – Strenuous
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Ladies, if you want to see Alaska like a local, and access wild places that make your heart sing, then our Alaska women’s adventure is for you. It is an active, fun, and informative adventure in the company of a great group of like-minded women.
Our Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure offers women a nature-based Alaskan experience with a mix of spectacular day hiking, sea kayaking, wildlife viewing, and whitewater rafting as a way to explore the Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park.
The Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure will introduce participants to the Kenai Fjords National Park and Denali National Park. This active adventure offers women big rewards for a little physical effort. Here, wilderness is accessible to any woman with a desire to stretch her legs on a dirt path.
This Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure is designed for women who like to hike and who enjoy the challenge of exploring a place by the power of their own steam. You don’t have to be an athlete to do this trip, but you should be healthy and active. There is a plan B for most of the activities, so please let us know if you have any questions or concerns before you sign up.
Our Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure starts and ends in Anchorage. The first segment of the adventure will take participants into the Alaska’s interior where they can experience adventures in Denali National Park. Activities include camping, hiking, shuttle bus into Denali National Park for wildlife viewing, river rafting, and one way ticket from Denali to Talkeetna on the Alaska Railroad.
The second segment is a multi-sport adventure is based in Seward. Here we will explore the biologically-rich emerald coast of south central Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula by foot, kayak, boat, and raft. Our group will spend two night at a wilderness hostel on the eastern shore of Resurrection Bay. This rustic accommodation is is only accessible by water taxi and will provide us with an excellent setting for a kayaking day trip along the coast. The final three nights will be on the western side of Resurrection Bay just a few miles outside of Seward on Kenai Lake. Here we have access to the Kenai Fjords National Park via a wildlife cruise as well as many opportunities for hiking the trails of the coastal temperate rainforest ecosystem.
How strenuous is strenuous? On this Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure, we walk an average of 5-9 miles per day under 2 miles per hour. Our longest hike is 9 miles round trip and over 3200 ft in elevation. It will be challenging for most flatlanders, because you gain about 1000 ft of elevation with each mile. You will be encouraged with by a great group of adventure buddies, and rewarded with stunning views the entire way. Review the Supplemental Information document below. Feel free to contact us with questions to determine if this trip is right for you.
What others are saying about the Alaska Women’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure:
“This was my second fabulous adventure with Tara and not my last! Tara and her local guide, Cheryl showed me the real Alaskan Frontier. 14 of us women came together and forged new friendships. It’s hard to imagine viewing such immense moose, caribou, black and grizzly bears with cubs; birds galore with many up close viewing of bald eagles; orcas by the dozen playfully jumping out of the water; whales spouting; and sea lions and otters feeding. The hiking and kayaking experience was wonderful. To top it off, Denali was clear for full visualization the entire time in the park. Thank you for so many peak moments in the beautiful Alaskan wilderness.” Darlynne G. California. (2019)
“We had an awesome time on this trip. Thrown various challenges with wildfires, and very different levels of participant ability the leaders were still able to run a smooth, fun, and exciting trip. The food was delicious, the accommodations were spectacular, and it was great to be able to experience the wilderness of Alaska and push ourselves to explore deeper with the safety net of confident and competent guides.” Courtney B, Canada (2019)
Scroll down for the complete itinerary for the Women’s Alaska’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure.
- A variety of exceptional 2 to 6-hour scenic day hikes over mixed terrain that will reward you with breath-taking scenery.
- Make sure you bring a camera for excellent wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the trip.
- Replenish your appetite with great food! Fresh, homemade, multicourse meals and deserts.
- Dip your paddle in emerald green wildlife-rich waters of Resurrection Bay while sea kayaking among diving sea birds, curious seals, and shy otters.
- An evening trip to the Sea Life Center will introduce you the ecology of Alaska’s marine life and some of the conservation efforts around Alaska.
- A 6-hour boat trip into the wild Kenai Fjords to see calving glaciers, whales, sea lions, and marine birds.
- A thrilling roller coaster ride on the Nenana River Class III-IV rapids.
- Entrance to Denali National Park and Eielson shuttle bus tickets.
- Dog sled demo a the National Park.
- One way ticket on the Alaska Railroad from Denali to Anchorage,
Inclusions & Exclusions
- A variety of daily guided hikes led by a local guide.
- 6-hour boat tour whale watching & glaciers
- River rafting trip
- Guided kayaking trip
- Entrance to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
- Denali NP entrance fees.
- Denali Shuttle bus ticket
- Alaska Railroad Train Ticket
- 10 nights accomodations
- Meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 11 (minus 3 dinners)
Seward Boat Harbor
Mt. Marathon Jeep trail
Exit Glacier Rd.
Alaska Sea Life Center
Package Price: $4855
Deposit: $500 – Due: March 15,2024
Prices are subject to change at any time and can only be locked in after deposits are made.
Installments: 3 equal payments March 15, April 15, and May 15, 2024.
Min/Max Group Size: 8/11
Availability: See below for real-time availability.
Travel insurance is available and recommended.
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Green Edventures’ Policies:
In the unlikely event that Green Edventures is unable to fill the trip, a full refund will be given.
►Where Do We Stay?
- Night 1: Hotel Anchorage TBA (3 star)
- Night 2: Camping Denali NP
- Night 3: Camping Denali NP
- Night 4: Camping Denali NP
- Night 5: Swiss Inn, Talkeetna
- Night 6: Kayakers Cove, Seward
- Night 7: Kayakers Cove, Seward
- Night 8: Renfros Lakeside Retreat
- Night 9: Renfros Lakeside Retreat
- Night 10: Renfros Lakeside Retreat
►Day 1: Travel to Anchorage
Today is a travel day that includes a night at the hotel in Anchorage and welcome dinner. Arrive by 3pm local time. The hotel has a free shuttle to and from the airport. We will have a mandatory group meeting followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant. (D)
►Day 2: Anchorage – Denali Area
Breakfast at the hotel. Your guide will pick you up and you will take a scenic 3 hour drive towards your next adventure and the largest mountain in North America. Along the way, the you will stop for opportunities to photograph Denali and take a 3-4 hour hike in Denali State Park. In the late afternoon, we will set up our campsite and get settle in to our home in the outdoors for the next three nights. Dinner will be a delicious and fresh hot multi course meal prepared by your guide. (BLD)
►Day 3: Denali National Park Visitor Center & Triple Lakes Hike
The Triple Lakes Trail is considered one Denali National Park’s best day hikes. Triple Lakes Trail is on the edge of the 6-million acre Denali National Park and Preserve, and is the ideal entry into the wonders of this pristine reserve. This hike starts with an ascent of about 400 feet. The climb is worthwhile — when you emerge from the forest, you can see an expansive view of the Nenana River, the glacially carved Yanert Valley, and the seemingly endless Alaska Range. Throughout the hike participants should look for ptarmigan, eagles, bears, and moose. This guided hike will be about 9 miles and 5 hours in duration. Participants will enjoy a packed lunch on the trail and return to the camp for dinner and socializing. On the drive back to camp, keep your eyes peeled for amazing views of Denali and wildlife. (BLD)
Overnight at Denali Hostel. (BLD)
►Day 4: Denali National Park Shuttle & River Rafting
Note: due to a rock slide, the shuttle is only going to mile marker 43. At the bridge, There is a nice hike up the road to a lookout point.
We will depart early for the most opportunities for wildlife viewing. Enjoy a local experience on the shuttle bus school bus through on the Denali Park Road which parallels the Alaska Range and travels through low valleys and high mountain passes. It is the only road in the park. Along its route, beautiful landscapes can be seen at every turn, and there are many opportunities to view Denali – if the normally cloudy skies permit. Wildlife can often be seen, too, though sightings are not guaranteed – they are, after all, wild animals roaming an unfenced land.
Afternoon, journey through 11 miles of awesome rapids on the Nenana River with spectacular views of Denali National Park gems, like Mount Healy and Sugarloaf Mountain and plow through fun class III-IV rapids and enjoy scenery along the way. Dinner out at a local restaurant (not included). Overnight at campl. (BL)
►Day 5: Park Sled Dog Kennels -Hike Rock Creek Trail – Alaska Railroad to Talkeetna
In the morning, we will visit the dog sled kennels. Here, rangers and dogs work together to demonstrate a traditional Alaskan mode of travel. These unique, 30 minute programs include an opportunity to tour the park kennels and visit Denali’s Alaskan Huskies.
Mid morning, enjoy a guided hike with packed lunch on Rock Creek Trail (about 2.5 miles). This is a nice walk back from the kennels with lots of wildflowers! You’ll go through spruce groves and transition to Alder, all along the way you’ll see plenty of gorgeous undergrowth and maybe wild berries.
Late Afternoon take a ride on the famous Alaskan Railroad to Talkeetna. Check in at the Swiss Inn, then dinner on your own in town. (BL)
►Day 6: Anchorage – Seward – Kayaker’s Cove
After an early breakfast, we will head south to the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Our drive will parallel the scenic Turnagain Arm — a mountain-lined and glacier-carved fjord named by an obviously frustrated Captain Cook during his 1778 search for the legendary Northwest Passage. It is a 3-hour drive with a couple scheduled stops including the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center to talk about the unique scenery, learn about some of Alaska’s big residents, and to use the bathroom. When we arrive in Seward, we hop on a water taxi across beautiful Resurrection Bay to our wilderness accommodations for two nights at Kayaker’s Cove.
Kayaker’s Cove is situated on a hillside surrounded by lush rainforest with ocean views. This wilderness hostel is reserved just for our group to enjoy. It is common to see sea otters rolling around, sea stars in the tidepools, and you will possibly see whales passing by. You truly feel like you are living the luxury of seclusion. After unloading the water taxi and getting settled, take in the quiet life on the shores of Resurrection Bay. There are hiking trails, fire pit, and the tranquility of nature to enjoy before dinner. (BLD)
►Day 7: Sea Kayaking in Resurrection Bay
Learn the basics of sea kayaking, maneuvering, and water entry and exit. Then spend half of the day in and out of our tandem kayaks as we explore the coastline. In addition to beautiful mountain scenery, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, sea birds and harbor porpoises are all possible to encounters. (BLD)
►Day 8: Kayakers Cove – Tonsina Creek Hike – Renfro’s
We take a water taxi back to across the bay to Seward. Participants will have some time to explore the seaside harbor, shop. After a picnic lunch, we will stretch our legs on a beautiful coastal trail.
Afternoon: Tonsina Creek Hike
The hike to Tonsina Creek, a scenic 3 mile trail that takes about 1 hour in each direction, is a local favorite. Locals and visitors alike walk out to the creek itself, and some continue on to Caines Head State Park. From the trailhead, a gradual climb takes us along the shoreline of Resurrection Bay where we will have occasional views of the water through the spruce and hemlock trees. Across the first section of Tonsina Creek is a beautiful metal expansion bridge. From here we might see salmon spawning, and we can’t miss the blooming irises that take over the surrounding marsh and meadows. The trail then leads us into a beautiful forest with large cottonwood, hemlock, and spruce. Here, we will see a typical rainforest feature of sphagnum moss hanging from limbs, commonly found in wet northern environments. Finally, we come to a long wooden expansion bridge over another section of the creek, which leads hikers to an easy-to-reach portion of the shoreline.
Check into Renfro’s Lakeside Retreat. Enjoy dinner by the lake. (BLD)
►Day 9: Seward – Boat Trip Kenai Fjords
Today you rest your legs and take a six-hour wildlife-viewing cruise to an active tidewater glacier on Kenai Fjords National Park. A tidewater glacier terminates in the ocean. It is common to see chunks the size of cars falling off into the green water.
Wildlife is abundant throughout the national park and tidewater glaciers. This voyage also offers the best opportunity for whale watching in Alaska along with the possibility of seeing porpoises, sea lions, sea otters, seals, bald eagles and puffins.
Before returning to our cabins, we will visit Exit Glacier to discuss the hike to Harding Icefield tomorrow, and the features of this famous glacier.
Overnight at Renfro’s Lakeside Retreat (BLD).
►Day 10: Seward – Harding Icefield Trail
One of our favorite hikes anywhere, is today’s highlight: Up we’ll trek along the very blue Exit Glacier to as far as weather, trail conditions, and participant’s skill levels allow. There are many personal summit to enjoy along the way at Marmot Meadows, The Cliffs, and the top which looks over the 800 square mile Harding Icefield. Moose, bears, mountain goats, porcupines, and marmots are all commonly seen on this hike and the glacier and ice field are dramatically beautiful. This inspirational hike will stay with you long after you’ve left Alaska!
This hike is strenuous for flat landers and for those who are not currently active, but with effort and determination you will complete up to 8 miles round trip in 6-7 hours. This is not a technical hike and it is suitable for anyone in good health with a positive-can-do-attitude.
Celebratory dinner near the trailhead. Return and overnight at Renfro’s Lakeside Retreat. (BLD)
►Day 11: Seward — Anchorage
After a late breakfast, we drive 3 hours to Anchorage to drop participants off at the airport or local hotels. (BL)
** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **
Your Tour Guide
Cynthia’s inaugural trip with Green Edventures was one of our Iceland Laugavegur Treks in 2023, but she has been a trip leader since 2003 for a trip to Eleuthera, Bahamas with Tara (even before Green Edventures)!
Her travel footprint reaches as far as Asia and South America. Cynthia’s passion comes with teaching Human Impact and Sustainability. She sees the hope that one person, out of 8 billion people on the planet, can influence the mindset, attitude, and actions of so many. She is always on the lookout for the next idea to reduce our ecological footprint while exploring the world.
You can read more about Cynthia here: Meet Trip Leader Cynthia Sherman
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