Alaska Snowshoeing Tours in Anchorage, AK

Go Hike AlaskaWilliam A. Egan Civic & Convention CenterAnchorage, AK 99501
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Overview

Explore Alaska on a snowshoeing adventure through Chugach State Park and Glen Alps’ wintry wonderland. The Beginner’s Tour teaches you how to walk on these specialized shoes on a 2-mile sightseeing trip to South Fork Campbell Creek Valley. Up for a challenge? The Advanced Tour is a 6-mile adventure to see the Anchorage Bowl, Cook Inlet, and a glacial valley.

up to 5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Anchorage Travel Experts
  • Tours take you through the wintry wonderland of the Glen Alps in the Chugach mountains just east of Anchorage.
  • Beginner's Tour lasts approx. 3 hours including travel time and is recommended for ages 8 and up.
  • Beginners Tour participants should be able to walk at least 3 miles on flat pavement, or 2.5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 2 hours.
  • Advanced Tour lasts approx. 5 hours including travel time and is recommended for ages 15 to 65.
  • Advanced Tour participants should have some hiking experience, or be in good physical condition before attempting this tour. Many parts of the trail is steep and hilly.
  • All tours depart from the front of the William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center on 5th Ave in Downtown Anchorage. Parking garages are nearby as well as public transit.
  • Option of meeting the tour at the trailhead using your own arranged transportation.
  • Each tour will have a maximum of 12 participants.
  • Check-in is 10 minutes prior to departure time.
  • High-calorie trail bites and snowshoes provided. Day packs or trekking poles available upon request.
  • Not recommended for those with cardiac or respiratory issues/illness. May be difficult for those with severe joint issues.
  • Option to go winter hiking is available if there is not enough snow accumulation to go snowshoeing.

Description

from Alaska Snowshoeing Tours
From beginners to advanced, snowshoeing provides a truly unique experience that allows you to travel easily through snow-packed terrain at one of the finest areas in Anchorage. With an Alaska Snowshoeing Tour, you'll have the opportunity to explore the mountainous wonderland of the Glen Alps in the Chugach mountains just to the east of Anchorage.

Go Hike Alaska's guides are avalanche safety certified, ensuring your well-being while providing education on how to carefully travel in hazardous environments.

What to Expect:
Beginners:
If you have always wanted to try snowshoeing but did not know where to begin, look no further. This circuit takes you approximately two miles through hemlock forests and snow-covered alpine meadows. Plenty of opportunity for taking photos of the magnificent South Fork Campbell Creek valley. There is opportunity to see small mammals, as well as a few birds, or perhaps even a moose! The Glen Alps is without-a-doubt one of those places that everyone needs to visit at least once during their stay in Alaska.

Advanced:
This challenging adventure provides in-depth exploration of snow-covered areas normally inaccessible by walking. It takes to the Glen Alps just east of Anchorage where a colossal, glaciated valley awaits. After a quick introduction, or refresher, to the elements of snowshoeing, we will hit the snow-packed trail and head to South Fork Campbell Creek, draining through the heart of the valley.

After crossing the creek, we will drift in between hemlock forests and snow-covered alpine meadows, pausing to take photos of magnificent sights. We will take note of the tracks we see, and seek out wildlife like moose, snowshoe hare, and birds. Several peaks dominate the landscape for our viewing pleasure and camera lenses. This tour is an awe-inspiring, breathtaking, and thrilling experience for the adventurous soul. Pack your daypack, and let's go!

Please Note:
  • If there is not enough snow accumulation to go snowshoeing, you can opt for a full refund or go winter hiking. This is to be determined the morning of your tour.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Alaska Snowshoeing Tours

What time of year do snowshoeing tours operate?

All tours run from November 29 - March 31.

How long is each tour?

The Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure is approximately 2 hours hiking and 1 hour traveling to and from Anchorage. The Advanced Snowshoeing Adventure is approximately 4 hours hiking and 1 hour traveling to and from Anchorage.

What's the distance and elevation?

Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure: 2.5 miles and 400 feet (or 40 flights of stairs); Advanced Snowshoeing Adventure: 6 miles and 1,000 feet (or 100 flights of stairs).

Is the tour appropriate for children?

The Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure is recommended for ages 8 and up. Advanced Snowshoeing Adventure is recommended for ages 15 to 65.

Are there any physical/health/etc. restrictions?

Snowshoeing is not recommended for those with cardiac or respiratory issues/illness, and may be difficult for those with severe joint issues. Limitations for each tour are as follows: Beginner's Snowshoeing Adventure: None required, but you should be able to walk at least 3 miles on flat pavement, or 2.5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 2 hours. Some parts of the trail are steep and hilly, placing additional stress on areas of the body not impacted by level terrain. Advanced Snowshoeing Adventure: You should have a small amount of hiking experience, or be in good physical condition, before attempting this tour. At a minimum, you should be able to walk at least 8 miles on flat pavement, or 5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 4 hours. You should also be able to easily climb many flights of stairs over the duration of the hike. Many parts of trail are steep and hilly, placing additional stress on areas of the body not impacted by level terrain.

What’s included in the snowshoeing experiences?

Provisions include a pre-packed snack, courtesy of Kat’s Epic Trail Bites, snowshoes and a shuttle from Egan Center on 5th Ave in Downtown Anchorage. Day packs and trekking poles are available upon request.

Where do the tours depart from?

All of the tours will be hiking through the Chugach State Park and along the Glen Alps. All trips will be departing at the Egan Center on 5th Ave in Downtown Anchorage, although you have the option to meet the tour at the start of the trailhead. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your tour. The tour operator asks participants to wear a mask or face covering while in the vehicle during transportation to and from the trailhead in accordance with local COVID-19 rules.

What should we wear?

The main thing you need to know is to NEVER wear cotton. Cotton holds water and keeps you cold and wet. Plus, it weighs a lot when it's saturated, and causes friction and chafing. They recommend merino wool or synthetic materials such as spandex or polyester. These materials wick moisture and keep you warm when you are wet. Make sure to strap in comfortable hiking shoes that you can wear over a long period of time. Remember to still bring sunblock for this tour.

Is there anything we shouldn't bring for the trip?

All items are the responsibility of the guest. Go Hike Alaska has a no firearms policy, regardless of any legal licensing that allows the carrier to do so. This includes in the vehicle while transporting you to and from the activity. Drone usage is prohibited under the Chugach State Park regulations.

Is parking available near the meeting point?

There are parking garages near the Egan Center as well as public transit. You also have the option to meet the tour at the start of the trailhead using your own arranged transportation.

Is the tour wheelchair accessible?

No, it's not wheelchair accessible.

Can I bring my camera?

Yes, you can bring your camera.

What safety precautions are in place for the activity?

They will provide you a safety briefing before your hike. Please listen to your guide during any situation or when encountering wild animals during the hike.

Will the tour continue if there is inclement weather?

The tours operate are rain or shine. However, if the weather is too severe (i.e. thunder, lightning, hail, blizzard, etc.) you will have an option for a full refund. If there is not enough snow accumulation to go snowshoeing, you will have the option to go winter hiking or you can opt for a full refund. This is to be determined the morning of your tour.

If I'm traveling alone, can I still participate?

Solo travelers are welcome to book, however please note that this tour will have a 2-person minimum requirement to operate. In the event you are the only person on the hike, the operator will contact you within 24 hours prior to your tour and provide you with the option to move to a different time & date, upgrade to a private hike, or cancel for a full refund.

Can I bring my pet?

They have a strict no pet policy. Service animals are welcome, however be aware that the trail you booked might be too hard for him/her.