Alaska Summer Hiking Tours in Anchorage, AK

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

Experience the Alaskan Wilderness through Go Hike Alaska's Summer Hiking Tours! Three different packages trek through Chugach State Park to choose from, considering your group or family's capacity and skill level. There's the challenge of the Alpine Classic Trek, where you get to do a ridgeline hike– an incredibly unique way to see the 360 views of glaciated, u-shaped valleys and giant ridgelines defining the landscape. Then there's a far more moderate trek of the Summer Valley & Forest Hike package, where you follow the Eagle River trail up to Barbara Falls and gaze at the majestic wildlife in between. Lastly, families and inexperienced hikers offer the Flora & Fauna Nature Walk, an accessible and compelling experience to learn stories of Alaska's vegetation and animal populations– culminating at Chugach State Park's most photogenic alpine valleys. Although quite the selection, you can be assured that these tours deliver their promise of a catered experience just for you!

up to 5 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Anchorage Travel Experts
  • Operating hours are daily and depend on the tour.
  • Tour is approximately 3-5 hours in duration, depending on the tour.
  • Departs at Egan Center on 5th Ave in Downtown Anchorage.
  • All tours will be going through different routes in Chugach State Park.
  • Suitable for ages 4+, depending on the tour.
  • Good for small group sizes.
  • Check-in is 10 minutes before departure.
  • Snacks are provided during the tour.
  • Drones and live weapons are prohibited on tour.
  • All participants are required to complete a participation agreement on site.

Description

from Alaska Summer Hiking Tours
Make this summer unforgettable while hiking in Alaska!
Choose a hike that meets all of your wishes and requirements. With many options, these summer tours will have you hiking in any weather condition, rain or shine, and give you the chance to see Alaskan wildlife. Grab your gear and enjoy a memorable summer adventure.

Tour Options Include:
  • Flora & Fauna Walk
  • Valley & Forest Hike
  • Alpine Classic Trek

Flora & Fauna Walk: This is the perfect tour if you are looking to go on an easy hike, learn about Alaska’s vegetation and animal populations, and see one of the Chugach State Park’s most photogenic alpine valleys.

Valley & Forest Hike: Experience the wonders found in one of the Chugach State Park's fondest, glaciated valleys. On this tour, go to the glorious Eagle River trail system where boreal forests, and salmon spawning streams are found. Approximately 4 miles of hiking.

Alpine Classic Trek: Pick this hike if you are looking for a hearty challenge with rewarding sights and a ton of payoff. Experience the thrill of ascending to heights offering 360-degree views of the nearby Cook Inlet and interior Chugach mountains.

Summer hiking tours are offered mid-May - September.

Tour Information:
  • Tour locations are within the Chugach State Park.
  • Travel time is around 1 hour and hiking tours vary from 2-4 hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Alaska Summer Hiking Tours

How long is the tour?

  • Summer Valley & Forest Hike: approximately 3.75 hours hiking and 1.25 hour traveling to and from area.
  • Alpine Classic Trek: approximately 4 hours hiking and 1 hour traveling to and from area.
  • Flora & Fauna Nature Walk: approximately 2 hours hiking and 1 hour traveling to and from area.


What's the distance and elevation?

  • Summer Valley & Forest Hike: 5 miles and 500 feet (or 50 flights of stairs)
  • Alpine Classic Trek: 5 miles and 2,000 feet (or 200 flights of stairs)
  • Flora & Fauna Nature Walk: 2 miles and 200 feet (or 20 flights of stairs)


Is the tour/activity appropriate for children?

  • Summer Valley & Forest Hike: Suitable for ages 8+
  • Alpine Classic Trek: Suitable for ages 10+
  • Flora & Fauna Nature Walk: Suitable for ages 4+


Are there any physical/health/etc. restrictions on these tours?

There are no limitations for the Summer Valley & Forest Hike and the Flora & Fauna Nature Walk, and the Alpine Classic Trek requires at least a small amount of hiking experience and be in good physical condition to try it out. Limitations of each tour are as follows:

  • Summer Valley & Forest Hike:  you should at least 6 miles on flat pavement, or 5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 4 hours for the tour. You should also be able to balance well and feel comfortable walking in slippery conditions with the assistance of micro spikes. Some parts of the trail are steep and hilly, placing additional stress on areas of the body not impacted by level terrain.
  • Alpine Classic Trek: you should be able to walk at least 3 miles on flat pavement, or 2 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 2 hours for this tour.
  • Flora & Fauna Nature Walk: 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.

All of the tours are not recommended for those with cardiac or respiratory issues/illness and may be difficult for those with severe joint issues.


What’s included in the tour?

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


Where do the tours depart and where will we go?

Tours 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. Masks are to be used while riding in the shuttle vehicles. 

All of the tours will be hiking through the Chugach State Park, with the Summer Valley & Forest Hike focusing on moving through Eagle River Nature Center and Barbara Falls, Alpine Classic Trek through Rendezvous Ridge or Mile High Ridge, and the Rendezvous Ridge or Mile High Ridge touring along the Glen Alps.


What should we wear?

The main thing you need to know is to NEVER wear cotton, that even more important during the winter. 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 bring sunblock for this hike.


Are 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 there parking near the tour departure point?

There are a lot of parking spaces in Downtown Anchorage. Visit the Diamond Parking website for rates.


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 (if any)?

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.


There's inclement weather. Will the tour continue? 

All of the hikes are rain or shine. However, if the weather is too severe (i.e. thunder, lightning, hail, blizzard, etc.) there is an option 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.