Run Wild in Alaska - Trip 2
Run Wild in Alaska - Trip 2
- All Lodging (7 nights, double occupancy)
- Road Transportation and Gas
- Park Entry Fees
- Guided Activities
- 2 Fit 4 Adventure Guides
- Welcome Dinner in Anchorage
- 2 Breakfasts at Denali Overlook Inn
- Lunch on Float Plane Day
- Home-cooked Dinner at Denali Overlook Inn
- Lunch on the Trail one day
- Breakfast & Dinner at Copper Whale Inn
- Dinner in Seward
Trip Dates (if running the marathon): June 21-30, 2019
Trip Dates (if not running): June 23-30, 2019
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 PRICE: $3,180 per person (add $775 for single supplement). This does not include the cost for optional days for those coming early for the marathon.
PAYMENTS: A $500 (per person) deposit is due when you submit the reservation form. Your 2nd payment (50% of remaining balance) will be due April 1, 2019 . The remaining balance will be due May 1, 2019 . You’ll receive a reminder email when these are due.
CANCELLATIONS: Your deposit will become non-refundable after April 1, 2019. All other payments are non-refundable after May 1, 2019.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The cancellation policy above will be strictly adhered to. Travel insurance is always a good idea to prevent loss of funds in case of an unexpected cancellation or even injury while on the trip. The easiest way to get insurance is to purchase along with your flight purchase.
If you're running the Anchorage Marathon on June 22, plan to arrive a day or two early. We'll handle your hotel and transportation for the race.
Day 1 / June 23: 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 24: 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 25: 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.
Crow’s Nest Cabins
Day 4 / June 26: 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 27: 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 28: 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 29: 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 30: 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.
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.
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.
We'll plan the trip!