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.
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.