Alaska: Women’s Hiking & Multi-Sport Adventure Kenai & Denali National Park July 5-15, 2021
Strenuous Physical Activity
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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 on the Kenai Peninsula with Denali camping extension is for you. It is an active, fun, and informative adventure in the company of a great group of like-minded women.
Our Women’s Alaska’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure offers women a nature-based Alaskan experience with 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 Women’s Alaska’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 Women’s Alaska’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 Women’s Alaska’s National Parks Hiking and Multi Sport Adventure starts and ends in Anchorage. The first segment is a multi-sport adventure is a cabin-based trip that will explore the biologically rich emerald coast of south central Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula by foot, kayak, boat, and raft. The second segment of the adventure will take participants into the Alaska’s interior where they can experience tent camping at an organized camp ground outside of Denali National Park. Activities include hiking, bus shuttle into Denali National Park, dog sled demo, and one way ticket from Denali to Anchorage on the Alaska Railroad.
How strenuous is strenuous? On this Women’s Alaska’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. The Mt. Marathon Bowl Hike is 5 miles round trip over 1900 ft. The rest of the hikes are under 1000 ft in elevation and between 3-4 miles.
What others are saying…
“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)
- 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 Kachemak 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 whitewater through narrow canyons and over natural steps on the Class IV Six-Mile Creek.
- 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
- All scheduled activities: guided hikes, 6-hour boat tour, river rafting, kayaking trip, entrance to the Sea Life Center, Denali Entrance fees, bus ticket, railroad ticket.
- 2 nights lodging: (3-start hotel double twin)
- 3 nts in 3-person cabins (1 bunk bed, 1 queen bed)
- 2 nts in 4-person cabins (bunk beds), with shared facilities a short distance from the cabin.
- 3 nts camping in 1-2 person tents.
- Local driver & guides.
- Transport in a 15 passenger van for the duration of the trip.
- Most meals from breakfast day 2 to lunch on day 11. Meals are served camp style, prepared by your guide, with the help of participants.
- Airfare to Anchorage, Alaska.
- 4 dinners
- Optional excursions or museum entrances.
- Gratuity of $300 per person due to local guides.
Seward Boat Harbor
Mt. Marathon Jeep trail
Exit Glacier Rd.
Alaska Sea Life Center
Cabins at Otter Cove
Trip Fee: $3895 (before March 15, then $4100)
Deposit: $525 by April 15th
Spots Available: 10/11 Use our chat feature to check real-time availability and to ask other trip related questions. Availability is not updated automatically.
Min/Max Group Size: 8/11
Travel insurance is available and recommended.
►Where Do We Stay?
- Night 1: Anchorage, Inlet Towers & Suites Hotel
- Night 2: Seward (Kenai Lake) 3-person Lakeside/Wooded Cabins
- Night 3: Seward (Kenai Lake) 3-person Lakeside/Wooded Cabins
- Night 4: Seward (Kenai Lake) 3-person Lakeside/Wooded Cabins
- Night 5: Homer (Otter Cove, Kachemak Bay) 4-person Seaside Cabins
- Night 6: Homer (Otter Cove, Kachemak Bay) 4-person Seaside Cabins
- Night 7: Anchorage, Inlet Towers & Suites Hotel
- Night 8: Camping
- Night 9: Camping
- Night 10: Camping
►Day 1: Travel to Anchorage
Arrive anytime. Your first night will be at the Inlet Hotel in Anchorage. The Inlet Hotel has a free shuttle to and from the airport. Once everyone’s flight times are confirmed those of us in Anchorage for dinner can get together.
►Day 2: Seward – Kenai Fjords Campground – Mt. Marathon Bowl
After an early breakfast, our local guides will meet us for introductions, then 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 to talk about the scenery and to use the bathroom. Just outside of Seward we venture off the main highway to the Lake Kenai where we check into our cabins and freshen up.
From city streets to alpine tundra in 2 hours! Travel up 1800 feet to the alpine glacier bowl passing through lush, misty emerald green temperate rainforest. Things level out at “the bench” where wildflowers bloom, and then alder becomes thick, and finally the footpath becomes squishy tundra flanking a snowmelt creek. As we climb the switchbacks, Seward becomes a little dot in the valley. On a clear day, half way up, nearly all of Resurrection Bay can be seen. Even on the cloudiest of days, this is a one of the best hikes in Seward. This hike is about 3.5 – 4-hours roundtrip.
►Day 3: 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.
►Day 4: 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 an overlook of the 800-square mile Harding Ice Field. The ice field is the focal point of Kenai Fjords National Park and the source of its many glaciers. 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 moderate to strenuous for flat landers and for those who are not currently active, but with effort and determination you will complete the 8 miles round trip in 6 hours. This is not a technical hike and it is suitable for anyone in good health with a positive-can-do-attitude. Return to cabins at Lake Kenai.
►Day 5: Seward – Homer – Otter Cove
After breakfast, we drive 3 hours to the seaside community of Homer at the peninsula’s southwestern tip. Here we will have some free time to visit the town’s museum and art galleries or to hike along the beach before hopping a water taxi to our remote waterfront cabins in Kachemak Bay State Park.
The cabins at Otter Cover are situated on a hillside surrounded by lush rainforest with ocean views. It is common to see sea otters rolling around alongside the pier, and you will possible see whales passing by. You truly feel like you are living the luxury of seclusion.
►Day 6: Otter Cove – Sea Kayaking in Kachemak Bay
Learn the basics of sea kayaking, maneuvering, and water entry and exit. Then spend the entire day in and out of our tandem kayaks as we explore the bay, fjords and several uninhabited islands. In addition to beautiful mountain scenery, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, bald eagles, sea birds and harbor porpoises are all possible to encounter. The afternoon a hike to a scenic overlook where several of the volcanoes of the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands are visible.
►Day 7: Otter Cove – Homer – Hope (Rafting) – Anchorage
We take a water taxi back to Homer and continue to the gold rush community of Hope. Here we will enjoy a Class IV whitewater rafter trip through two canyons of the famous Six-Mile Creek. For those who love the thrill of adventure, you can choose to do the 3rd canyon for an additional $60.
Note: A swim test is required for rafting. Those who do not want to go rafting can go on a short hike.
Overnight in Anchorage. Dinner on your own. Laundry facilities available. (BL)
►Day 8: Anchorage to Denali State Park
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 early afternoon, you will arrive and set up camp. Dinner will be a delicious and fresh hot multi course meal prepared by your guide.
Camping is in an organized campground with pit toilets. All equipment is provided. (BLD)
►Day 9: 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 camp for dinner and socializing.
Overnight at camp. (BLD)
►Day 10: Denali National Park Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center
Enjoy a local experience on the shuttle bus through the Denali National Park to the Eielson Visitor Center. 92 miles long, the Denali Park Road 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. At the visitor center, participants can enjoy the wilderness exhibits and self guided trails around the visitor center.
Overnight at camp. (BLD)
►Day 11: Park Sled Dog Kennels -Hike Rock Creek Trail – Alaska Railroad to Anchorage
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 all the way down to Anchorage. Dinner on your own on the trail. Arrive Anchorage about 8pm. Schedule flights to depart after 11pm or add an extra overnight stay in Anchorage. (BL)
** Please note: The activities, lodging, guides, and schedule may change without notice as practical considerations arise during program development or onsite. **
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