Run Wild in Alaska
Run Wild in Alaska
- All Lodging (7 nights, double occupancy)
- Road Transportation and Gas
- Park Entry Fees
- Guided Activities
- 1 Fit 4 Adventure Guide
- Welcome Dinner in Anchorage
- Breakfasts at Denali Overlook Inn (2 mornings)
- Lunch on Float Plane Day
- Home-cooked Dinner at Denali Overlook Inn
- Lunch on the Trail one day
- Breakfast at the Copper Whale Inn Dinner on Last Night
- Dinner in Seward
It’s vast. Just to see the highlights in Alaska you have to hit the ground running. Actually, we pedal, paddle, hike and climb our way through – exploring immense glaciers, scenic bays, alluring trails, wild rivers and abundant wildlife in America’s 49th state. From Denali, the highest point in North America, to sea life in the coastal town of Seward, we see...and do…it all.
Trip Dates: June 20-27, 2021
If you plan to run the Anchorage Marathon or Half Marathon, plan to arrive a couple of days early. We are happy to arrange for lodging for these extra days. Just let us know what you need.
TRIP PRICE: $3,378 per person (add $845 for single supplement)
FLIGHTS: You are responsible for booking your own flight into Anchorage. (ANC). Either arrive the afternoon of the 20th, around 3 pm, or arrive the day before, spending the night in Anchorage.
Your departing flight on June 28th will be an evening fight (arriving the next day). Choose a flight that doesn’t leave before 6 pm. We are hiking, eating lunch and driving earlier in the day so it will take time to get back to Anchorage.
PAYMENTS: A $500 (per person) deposit is due when you submit the reservation form. Your 2nd payment (50% of remaining balance) will be due March 1, 2021 . The remaining balance will be due May 1, 2021 . You’ll receive a reminder email when these are due.
CANCELLATIONS: If you cancel your trip before March 1, your deposit is refundable, less a $100 cancellation fee. All other payments are non-refundable.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. To avoid the loss of payments due to unforeseen circumstances, travel insurance is highly recommended. The easiest way is to purchase it at the same time you purchase your flight. You may consider purchasing insurance from World Nomads (F4A will receive a small commission for any purchase made through this link. Thank you.)
Day 1 - June 20: Anchorage Away!
Arriving in Anchorage by mid-afternoon, we will gather the group for an introductory happy hour and dinner*. Then, with no time to waste, we’ll head out of the big city and into the wild and sprawling territory of Denali. A warm welcome, and a fresh homemade dessert, will be waiting for us at the Denali Overlook Inn, our deluxe bed-and-breakfast lodge with a wide-open view of the Alaska range.
*Dinner Included in trip price
Day 2 - June 21: Talkeetna
Our first day exploring is up in the air. Literally! This morning, weather permitting, we’ll be taking to the skies on a fly-in hike excursion in the Talkeetna Mountains tundra. Our bush plane pilots know the perfect spot to drop us – at a remote lodge on a high alpine lake only accessible by float plane or helicopter. Later in the day we will explore the tiny town of Talkeetna, rich with history and alive with activity, before returning to the house for a home-cooked dinner. *
*Lunch and Dinner included in trip price.
Day 3 - June 22: Talkeetna to Denali National Park
We press further north today, into Denali National Park. With more than 6 million acres, it’s a vast unspoiled wilderness of braided rivers, massive peaks, and abundant wildlife. And it’s Alaska’s most popular land attraction. Upon arrival, we’ll stop by the visitor center, but then quickly escape the crowds by going deeper in for a hike along the Savage River.
After the hike, we’ll check into our cozy cabins at The Crow’s Nest, cleverly hidden in the hillside just outside the Denali Park entrance. But, of course, the day doesn’t end here. After stopping for pizza dinner, there will still be hours of daylight remaining to spend as you wish. Just steps away from where we eat, you can embark on a mountain bike tour, a whitewater raft trip, or a leisurely stroll through the parkside village and back to our cabins.
Day 4 - June 23: Mt. Healy Overlook Trail
This is our big hiking day at Denali. Starting near the Visitor Center, this trail quickly enters the forest and starts climbing towards the sky. As we get closer to the top of Mt. Healy we are rewarded with sweeping views of the park below, the Nenana River Valley, and the mountains all around. From the top, we may even get an above-the-clouds peek at the massive summit of Mt. Denali. Thousands of people visit Denali National Park daily in June and July, but we’ll be high above it all and mostly on our own. Very few visitors take advantage of this magnificent trail. (Hike is approximately 7 miles roundtrip, with about 2,400’ in elevation gain).
A day like this must end with beer. From here, it’s onto the fun and funky 49th State Brewing Company.
Day 5 - June 24: Return to Anchorage
After a stop for breakfast at our favorite Black Bear Café, we’ll roll south back to Anchorage. Even though it’s technically our rest day, many of us will still want to get out and about. Probably the best way to see Anchorage is by bike, and the 11-mile Coastal Trail hits all the highlights. Rental bikes can easily be found, in fact they are right outside the front door of our quaint downtown bed-and-breakfast, the Copper Whale Inn. Great local restaurants, and interesting museums, are within a short walk.
Day 6 - June 25: Scenic Drive to Seward
We hit the road again, and this one - over mountain passes, through forests, and along a majestic coastline - is considered one of the most beautiful of our nation’s scenic highways. We’ll start right in on it after breakfast and by lunchtime we’ll be at the Seward Boat Harbor enjoying a view of Resurrection Bay. By afternoon we’ll be ice hiking on a glacier at Kenai Fjords National Park.
Our hike today starts on a paved path leading away from the Kenai Fjords visitor center. Things quickly get interesting as the pavement ends and we climb about 1.5 miles to the very edge of Exit Glacier. There, we don crampons, ice axes and helmets (provided) so, with our expert guides, we can safely traverse and explore its icy, undulating surface.
Lodging in Seward will be at the historic Exit Glacier Lodge and dinner will be at the adjoining Salmon Bake Restaurant and Pub.
Day 7 - June 26: Glacier Kayaking
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience: kayaking in calm waters surrounded by glaciers and icebergs. Our kayak adventure starts with a ride in a private water taxi which takes us first on a wildlife scouting tour through Resurrection Bay before dropping us in a secluded cove where our kayaks await. After a brief orientation for first-time paddlers, we’ll spend a couple of hours paddling amid immense floating icebergs, up close to a glacier, and amongst seals, sea otters, and other marine wildlife. We’ll have it all to ourselves and in the quiet you will hear the incredible sounds a glacier makes when it moves and calves, sending big chunks of ice splashing into the water.
Afterwards, the water taxi will take us back to Seward’s harbor where we will have dinner by the docks at Chinook’s*, a casual bar and restaurant with great views and good local color.
*Dinner at Chinooks is included in the trip price.
Day 8 - June 27: Seward to Anchorage
After an exhilarating morning hike up Mt. Marathon to a jaw-dropping viewpoint overlooking Seward, the bay and the mountains, we can indulge ourselves in a leisurely lunch and one last look around town before starting our scenic drive back to Anchorage. With evening departures and overnight flights we’ll be arriving home early the next day.
A great trip. Joe Dann was a super trip leader, very organized, patient, and good at keeping us on a, sometimes, tight schedule. The chemistry of the group was also excellent and everyone got along very well. Both hikes at Denali (Triple Lakes & Mt Healy), the glacier hike and Mt Marathon hike were all wonderful. And of course, kayaking with the icebergs was truly special. Lots of great memories.
Going on one of Diane's trips is great - you just show up and everything is planned! The outdoor activities are all the types of things that I like to do but it's so nice to have somebody else make all the arrangements. The best part is travelling with a group of people that enjoy the same adventures and really good food! If you would rather ride around on a tour bus and watch other people enjoying life...then these trips are not for you.
I just wanted to thank you and super-guide Joe for the fantastic Alaska Trip that I just returned from. It was my dream to see the state, and now I have, in a way that most tourists never will. The best part of the trip for me was experiencing it with the other enthusiastic adventurers who were on the trip. I made new friends and will stay in touch with them.
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