Experience the Alaskan Wilderness on a Go Hike Alaska summer hiking tour! Choose from any one of 3 treks through Chugach State Park: a ridgeline Alpine Classic Trek with 360-degree views of glaciated valleys, a moderate Summer Valley & Forest trek that follows the Eagle River up to Barbara Falls, and a Flora & Fauna Nature Walk that's great for families.
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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.
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)
Summer Valley & Forest Hike: Suitable for ages 8+ Alpine Classic Trek: Suitable for ages 10+ Flora & Fauna Nature Walk: Suitable for ages 4+
The Alpine Classic Trek requires at least a small amount of hiking experience and be in good physical condition to try it out. Summer Valley & Forest Hike requires that you be able to walk 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. These tours are not recommended for those with cardiac or respiratory issues/illness and may be difficult for those with severe joint issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are a lot of parking spaces in Downtown Anchorage, and Diamond Parking garage. Visit the Diamond Parking website for rates.
No, it's not wheelchair accessible.
Yes, you can bring your camera.
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.
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.
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.