Our Alaska hiking trip assembles in Girdwood near Anchorage on Day 1 (we’ll provide van transportation from Anchorage earlier in the day) and we’ll spend our first of two overnights at the Aleyeska Resort. The Winner Creek Trail is planned for Day 2 as we explore the historic Iditarod Trail that provided access to the gold fields near Crow Pass during the early years of the 20th century. We’ll continue to climb moderately along the upper reaches of the creek to the picturesque falls of Winner Creek Gorge (10 miles). Along the way, we’ll pass the remains of the Monarch Mine, a hard-rock gold mine that ceased operations in 1948. Nearby Crystal Lake lies nestled beneath a steep mountain wall and then it’s on to the Raven Glacier overlook before descending to the trail head.
We’ll spend a second evening at Aleyeska and then head out on Day 3 walking the Course Creek Trail the following morning with its startling views of Right and Wrong Mountains. We’ll continue on to Crescent Lake and then return to our trailhead and a late afternoon shuttle to Seward, where we’ll spend our final three overnights (12 miles).
Lost Lake is our goal for Day 4 as we climb moderately along Box Canyon Creek. The snow- clad Resurrection Peaks hover above our hiking trail as we approach the lake. Spectacular views of the Kenai Mountains and Resurrection Bay are added features of this exciting hike (8 miles).
A change of pace is planned for Day 5. Seward is the gateway to Kenai Fjords National Park and we’ll explore this extraordinary treasure in the context of a scenic boat cruise. The glacier-laced fjords offer an exceptional wildlife opportunity that, with a little luck, can include whale sightings.
Our visit to Kenai Fjords Park continues on our final day. We’ll hike the Harding Trail along Exit Glacier to the Harding Icefield, one of the largest icefields in North America (8 miles). The icefield is 35 miles long and 20 miles wide, and is the source of the glaciers of Kenai Fjords. Following our visit to the icefield, we’ll shuttle back to Anchorage for our walking tour conclusion.