Alaska Wilderness Multi Sport Adventures
Experience the majestic beauty of Alaska as we immerse ourselves in a land of crystal glaciers, endless coastline, and abundant wildlife. Exploring this rugged wilderness by land, air and water, we bike along lakes, hike through meadows, raft Class III-IV whitewater, sea kayak the majestic Prince William Sound, and fly into the very heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Sample the spirit of adventure that defines the Alaskan experience.
Alaska, the land of the midnight sun, is nature's grandest gift. It is a diverse land of crystal glaciers, lush forests, immense valleys, seemingly endless coastline, and abundant though elusive wildlife including grizzly bears, bald eagles, whales, otters and salmon. On this amazing adventure, hike through tundra meadows and on massive glaciers, raft the scenic Tsaina River, sea kayak in majestic Prince William Sound, and if you choose, experience the thrill of ice climbing or ice hiking on a glacier! We also experience scenic flights that highlight the true majesty of this land from above.
Day 1. Mountain Biking or Hiking Eklutna Lake, Sheep Mountain Lodge (907-745-5121 / private baths)
Our group meets in Anchorage at Extended Stay Deluxe Anchorage-Downtown at 9:00 a.m. After introductions, we begin our adventure with a scenic bike ride along turquoise-colored Eklutna Lake. Towering mountains and distant glaciers surround this tranquil lake, and the valley is home to Dall sheep, moose, eagles and a few rarely seen bears.
Next we enjoy a scenic shuttle to the Matanuska River Valley and Sheep Mountain Lodge, located at the base of Sheep Mountain. The lodge offers sweeping views of the Matanuska River Valley and Chugach Mountains, and Dall sheep can sometimes be located grazing on the rocky hillsides just behind the lodge.
Biking along Eklutna Lake [up to 18 miles, elevation change negligible]
Hiking option around Eklutna Lake [up to 5 miles, elevation change negligible]
Day 2. Scenic Flight to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kennicott Glacier Lodge (907-258-2350/shared baths)
This morning we hike to a waterfall en route to Chitina where we board a scenic flight to McCarthy in the heart of Wrangell St. Elias National Park. At over 13 million acres, it's the largest national park in the United States and was recently recognized as a World Heritage site for its extraordinary beauty. For those interested in outdoor exploration, this untouched wilderness is waiting.
Once a vibrant mining community, Kennicott is now a ghost town with buildings selectively preserved by the Park. We stay at the beautifully restored Glacier Kennicott Lodge set spectacularly at the foot of Root Glacier.
Hike the Liberty Creek Trail (2.5 miles, 400 feet of elevation gain)
Scenic flight to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park (35 minutes)
Interpretive hike around Kennicott (easy, 1-1/2 hours)
Day 3. Hiking or Ice Climbing, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Kennicott Glacier Lodge
Today we have two great options. One is to explore the mountain wilderness of Wrangell St. Elias on a stunningly dramatic hike to precipitous Bonanza mine. Yielding incredibly rich copper deposits, the Bonanza Ridge brought a 1910s mining boom to this remote corner of Alaska. We see remnants of the mining history as we climb above tree line and take in the prominent views of Mt. Blackburn and Mt. Regal, and with luck, 19,850' Mt. Logan. If we feel energetic, we can hike to the ridge line where panoramas of the park are unparalleled.
Option two is a day of introductory ice climbing or glacier hiking (additional cost). Learn the basics from expert guides who supply all the gear and take you onto the back of Root Glacier to explore its icy wonders - crevasses, moulins, ice caves, and more. It's a thrill that could be the highpoint of your trip!
After the day's action, we tour the historic mining community of McCarthy before dinner.
Bonanza Mine hike option [8 miles, 3700' elevation gain/loss]. Easier option: Root Glacier hike [9 miles, elevation gain/loss 200 feet]
Ice climbing or glacier hiking option ($100-$105 additional cost for full day)
Day 4. Transfer to Valdez, Rafting Tsaina River, Brookside Inn B&B (907-835-9130 / private baths)
Take a spectacular drive through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and down the Richardson Highway to Valdez, "Alaska's Little Switzerland." Developed during the Klondike Gold Rush, this deep water port is set on the Prince William Sound at the head of a long, dramatic fjord surrounded by the majestic Chugach Mountains.
After lunch at dramatic Worthington Glacier we raft the Tsaina River through narrow gorges and past several waterfalls. We spend the evening in the Brookside Inn, a charming family owned and operated Bed & Breakfast.
Raft the Tsaina River [Class III-IV]
Kennicott to Valdez [5+ hour shuttle]
Day 5. Sea Kayaking Prince William Sound, Brookside Inn B & B
Considered by many to be one of the best places for exploring the fjords and glaciers that feed Prince William Sound, Valdez is the gateway to this great natural preserve.
The beautiful and well-protected area of Prince William Sound near Valdez provides an unbeatable setting to learn the basics of paddling and explore the area's shoreline and spectacular tidewater glaciers. You'll experience Alaska's largest rookery of black-legged kittiwakes with thousands of nesting sea birds.
Sea Kayaking: [approximately 7-hour trip, 6-miles]
Day 6. Ferry Ride to Whittier and Hiking Winner Creek Gorge or Byron Glacier
We embark on an unforgettable Alaskan experience, a ferry ride across spectacular Prince William Sound surrounded by mountains, forests and tidewater glaciers. Keep alert for whales, sea otters, seals, sea lions, eagles, and clouds of sea birds.
At the end of our crossing, depending on our arrival time in Whittier, we hike trails in either Winner Creek Gorge, exploring the northernmost temperate rain forest in North America or to accessible Byron Glacier, a glacier you can climb on your own and a good place to spot iceworms.
After our hike we continue on to Anchorage where our adventure ends at approximately 6:00 p.m.
Ferry from Valdez to Whittier [5-1/2 hours]
Winner Creek Gorge Hike: [6 miles, 600 feet total elevation gain]
Byron Glacier hike [2 miles, negligible elevation change]
|Alaska Wilderness Multi Sport Adventures
|Single Room Supplement*
* Best suited for ages 8 and older. Ages 8-18 receive a 15% discount.
** Rooms are based on double occupancy. You can opt to have your own room and pay our Single Room Supplement fee. With reservations 90 days or more in advance, you can book just one person and pay the regular rate if you will share a room.
All trips require a minimum of 4 people for the trip to run and the trip maximum is 12.
Bike Rental fees are included
Trip Fees Include:
All accommodations, all meals (starting with lunch day 1 through lunch day 6), T-shirt, water bottle, park fees, support vehicle, professional guides, scenic flight, ferry ride, whitewater rafting trip, sea kayaking trip, bicycle rental, bicycle riding and sea kayaking instruction.
Trip Fees Exclude:
Airfare, personal insurance, hotel miscellaneous expenses (phone, fax, laundry, etc.), additional optional tours, services not specified in the tour itinerary, and guide gratuities (An appropriate gratuity to each trip leader is $75-$100 per guest).
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*Kids need to be (8-18) years of age for the kid discount.
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Special Requests + What to Bring:
If you have any special dietary needs or any special request that will make your trip more enjoyable, please be sure to notify your Trip Consultant or travel agent after booking. One of our trip consultants will be contacting you to go over options and the details with you.
The World Outdoors will provide you with extensive pre-departure information, including your reservation payment receipt and confirmation, travel insurance application, suggestions for preparing for your trip, a packing list, information on pre- and post-trip arrangements, a guest questionnaire and a liability release agreement.
General Information, Questions & Answers
What type of weather should I expect?
Summer is a miraculous time in Alaska, when the sun refuses to set and people are filled with seemingly limitless energy. June is the driest of the three summer months and July is the warmest. Average daytime highs are in the mid 60s to mid 70's, nighttime lows in the 40's and 50's. But be prepared for anything… from mild sunny days in the 80's to windy, rainy outings in the 30's. The best way to prepare for such a range of weather is with layers.
How difficult is this trip?
This trip is Moderately Easy to Moderate. It is intended for the active adult who fees comfortable being active 4-6 hours a day, hiking 6-8 miles with options of up to 10 miles, and with climbs of up to 2200 feet. The bike rides are 15-30 miles per day with an option of some shuttling by the support vehicle.
Meeting Place & Time
9:00 a.m. in Anchorage in the lobby of the Extended Stay Deluxe Anchorage-Downtown, 108 E. 8th Avenue (907-868-1605). We recommend that you have breakfast before our meeting and come ready to bike.
6:00 p.m. in Anchorage at Extended Stay Deluxe Anchorage-Downtown.
How do I book airfare for this trip?
Once you have booked your reservation, Sherry will contact you to help arrange your air. You can also call James TravelPoints, a local travel agency, at 800-538-7461 and ask for Georgia (ext 251) or Di (ext 252) or email GeorgiaT@travelpoints.com or DianeJ@travelpoints.com. Be sure to tell her you are traveling with The World Outdoors. Alternatively, you are welcome to book your airfare online, directly with the airline or through your personal travel agent.
Optional activities/excursions for Alaska Wilderness Multi Sport Adventures
Once you have booked this tour, one of our office staff will contact you regarding these options:
Extend your Alaska adventure with a 5-day/4-night adventure into the heart of Denali National Park at Camp Denali or North Face Lodge.
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If you cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing. We calculate your refund from the day we receive written notice of your cancellation. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving early from a trip.
Number of Days Prior to Trip Departure
|90 days or more
||$100 per person
|89 to 60 days
||50% of total price per person
|59 to 30 days
||75% of total price per person
|29 to 0 days
||100% of total price per person
We highly recommend trip insurance. This is an option we will discuss with you.