Alaskan Adventure 2009 - Denali, Kenai Peninsula, and Anchorage - July 24 - August 3
Friday, July 24, 2009 at 2:00 PM - Monday, August 3, 2009 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
Alaskan Adventure 2009
Denali National Park, Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage
Pristine Wilderness - Stunning Vistas - Incredible Wildlife
July 24 to August 3
Join us on our Dynamic Alaskan Adventure! Known for its vast natural beauty and spectacular wilderness, it's a place every adventurer should seek.
*Hiking inside Denali National Park
*Glacier Trekking on Matanuska Glacier
*Biking in Denali National Park
*Drive on Denali Hwy, considered Alaska's most stunning drives
*Kayaking in Kenai Peninsula
*White Water Rafting Class III-V
*Unlimited amount of hiking trails
*Optional activities such as aerial flying over Denali National Park or Glacier Boat Cruise
*Over abundance of wildlife at all locations (bears, beaver, moose, elk, bald eagles)
*Midnight sun-12 to 14hrs of sunlight!
Airfare and ALL ground transportation
Accommodations (Cabins and Hotels)
Kayaking, Biking, Glacier Trekking, Hiking, and Water Taxis
Optional Activities, Tipping, Personal Spending, etc...
Pricing and payment schedule (includes ALL flights and transfers)
$1,995 - Limit 4 tickets max - first come...
$2,095 - make deposit by May 26
$2,195 - make deposit by June 23
Please note: only $400 deposit needed to hold your spot; however, we have only 11 spots available
Friday, July 24: Arrival
Depart LGA at 12:55pm, arriving Anchorage at 8:00pm. We will drive to the town of Talkeetna to our overnight cabin accommodations.
The historic village of Talkeetna is nestled at the base of Denali (Mount McKinley), North America's tallest peak. Talkeetna has an outstanding panoramic view of the Alaska Range that can be enjoyed and photographed from several places as you wander through this town and discover what this unique location has to offer.
Saturday, July 25: Talkeetna Lake Hike/Optional Dog Sledding
On our first day, we will experience a unique Alaskan adventure-dog sledding!
In the morning we will get our legs moving with a 5mile hike on the Talkeetna Lake.
This beautiful hike is through Talkeetna's picturesque forest and along a beautiful lake for great views of Mt. McKinley and a chance to spot some wildlife.
In the afternoon we will have lunch in the historic village of Talkeetna. This town is known for hikers from all around the world getting prepared for the Mt. McKinley climb. The remainder of the afternoon will be able to choose your own option such as:
*Take a scenic flight over Denali National Park and visit the untamed mountains of the Alaska Range
*Tour Alaska's wilderness on an ATV adventure tour.
*Ride the scenic Hurricane Turn to Chase town and from there enjoy a river float trip back to Talkeetna
*Explore the town of Talkeetna by having a cup of coffee and visiting the local shops and galleries.
*Ride the Alaska Railroad - Hurricane Turn Train - one of the most scenic railroads rides
Overnight cabins in Talkeetna
Sunday, July 26: Hiking in Denali National Park
After a hearty breakfast, we will drive to Denali National Park-home to Alaska's signature wildlife!
We will start our visit at Denali's National Park Visitor Center before we head to our 4.4mile hike.
This hike is short, but is has a 1,700-foot climb and offers spectacular views of the Denali National Park entrance area, the Nenana River valley, and alpine ridges. We will pack a picnic lunch for our hike that will take us approximately 4hrs.
In the evening you will be able to plan your own activity and enjoy the midnight sun or relax at the cabin with a campfire.
Optional Activities: ATV rides, Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, Jet-Boat Riding, Rafting, Flight-See by Helicopter, Flight-See by Airplane
Overnight Cabins near Denali
Monday, July 27: Biking and Hiking in Denali National Park
Get ready as we have another active day in Denali National Park! Wake up and start our day with a bike tour in Denali National Park. The biking will be an Alaskan experience with a view of Mt. McKinley. Spectacular views of surrounding mountains, valleys, and lakes will inspire you while you enjoy 4 hours of biking in Alaska. This is a moderate ride for those with basic skill levels and reasonable fitness.
After our bike ride and picnic lunch in Denali, we will have an afternoon hike.
This hike will be a moderate 5mile hike. Today we will get to enjoy the full serenity that Denali National Park offers.
Overnight Cabins near Denali
Tuesday, July 28: Optional Activity Day and Scenic Drive
This morning you will be able to explore the Denali your own way! Choose an optional activity, or just relax at the cabins.
Optional Activities: Hiking, (trails next to cabins!) ATV rides, Horseback Riding, Fly Fishing, Jet-Boat Riding, Rafting, and Flight-See by Helicopter, Flight-See by Airplane
In the afternoon we will pack up for our scenic ride down Denali Highway. This road is considered one of Alaska’s most stunning drives. Most of the highway is at or near tree line, running along the foothills to the Alaska Range and through glacial valleys where you can see stretches of alpine tundra, enormous glaciers and braided rivers. There will be frequent stops for picturesque camera shots!
Overnight at an Inn
Wednesday, July 29: Matanuska Glacier-Glacier Trekking
The Ice Fall Trek is one of the most popular hikes. Using mountaineering crampons, you will get the close-up views of crevasses, seracs and unique ice formations as well as getting up to a high point on the glacier, which overlooks the icefall. No experience necessary! This will sure to be an unforgettable experience!
Matanuska Glacier is one of the only blue-ice glaciers in the world accessible by car!
Overnight Cabins in Seward
Thursday, July 30: Caine’s Head Coast Trail Hike
This hike is rated in the top ten hikes in Alaska! We start the hike on a water taxi, which will take us to Caine Head State Marine Park. On the water taxi, we will be able to look for wildlife and take pictures of the stunning glaciers surrounding us.
Something is always happening along the beach on the five-mile hike to Caine's head. You might see a sea lion gorging himself on a fish, a humpback whale cruising the bay, or a flotilla of harlequin ducks. Hikers also can get a taste of Alaska history by exploring the remains of Fort McGilvary, built to protect Seward during World War II, two miles beyond Caine's Head. This is a moderate 5mile hike.
Enjoy the evening with a BBQ and Jacuzzi at our Cabins!
Friday, July 31: Kayaking / Optional Day at Resurrection Bay
Today we’ll start our morning with a guided kayaking trip to the Alpine Glacier!
The 3-hour Alpine paddle includes taking a custom built comfortable water taxi across Resurrection Bay to the remote waters of beautiful Thumb Cove located on the eastern side of Resurrection Bay.
This is an area often referred to by locals as the "Little Switzerland" with it's 3 alpine glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, a salmon stream with leaping salmon and bald eagles lurching overhead, and delicious blueberries (in season). It is common to see sea otters, sea lions and sometimes-beautiful orcas or humpbacks or black bears while paddling. There are beautiful ghost forests near the salmon stream (a result of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake).
About twenty-five minutes (each way) of this tour is a water taxi ride where we try to find wildlife (sea otters, sea lions, orcas whales, humpback, eagles and more). The other two hours are spent circumventing the beautiful emerald green cove, paddling in calm, serene waters!
In the afternoon, it’s your choice! Choose what you would like to do.
Optional Activities: Dog Sledding, Salmon Fishing, Sailing Tours, Wildlife/Glacier Cruises, Air-Flight Seeing, Hiking near Glaciers, Kayaking, Water Taxi
Overnight Cabins in Seward
Saturday, August 1: Optional White Water Rafting Class III-V
In the morning we will drive to the artist and hippie town of Girdwood for a change of scenery and to prepare for our day of white water rafting!
After lunch, we will have our Optional White Water Rafting on the Sixmile River. This river consists of 3 Canyons, each of them harder in class. You may sign up for the first canyon (class III), first and second (III-IV), or all three (class III-V).
1st Canyon: The 1st Canyon of the Six Mile is offered to beginners and families, and must be run by our other paddlers going for the 2nd and 3rd Canyons as well. It is ranked a solid class III run, with one section that ranges from class III – class V depending on the water level. The trip starts with learning to paddle on some swift water, gradually increasing in rapids action. It is rock-and-roll for another mile and then play time! Enjoy a refreshing voluntary swim or a water fight with the other rafts. Paddle by a plainly visible eagle's nest. Your trip ends after a total of about 5 miles (6 at high-water).
The 2nd Canyon adds another 2.5 miles to the trip, and steps the paddlers up a level of difficulty. The 2nd Canyon is ranked solid class III+ and IV and combines 4 big drops in rapid succession with other smaller rapids to keep you on your toes.
The 3rd Canyon of the Six Mile is our thriller! It adds another 3.5 miles of river to the trip and has enough class IV and V rapids on it at all water levels to make it Alaska's premier whitewater paddle-rafting run!
Overnight in Anchorage
Sunday, August 2: Free Day in Anchorage
Enjoy Alaska on your last day the way you would like!
-Biking the Coastal Trail
-Hiking Flattop Mountain
-Glacier Explorer Canoe Trip
-Glacier Discovery Tour
-Anchorage Museum of History and Art
After a nice dinner and drinks in Anchorage, we will leave for the airport for our 11:45pm flight to LGA, arriving at 1pm on Monday, August 3
North West Airlines
NW 1427 T - Friday, July 24 - La Guardia !! - Minneapolis MSP - 1.59 pm 4.02 pm
NW 0387 T - Friday, July 24 - Minneapolis MSP - Anchorage ANC - 6.40 pm 9.28 pm
NW 0390 K - Sunday, Aug 2 - Anchorage ANC - Minneapolis MSP - 11.45 pm 8.08 am
NW 0512 K - Monday, Aug 3 - Minneapolis MSP - La Guardia - 9.10 am 12.57 pm
(Sky Team - World Perks)
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
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When & Where
We are an energetic and friendly club dedicated to offering the best outdoor adventures. All of our events are designed to ensure that everyone is involved and has a great time. Whether it is hiking in a lush forest, canoeing down a crystal clear river or galloping on horseback along the sandy beaches, we offer a personalized approach so that you gain the most out of each trip. Our goal is to provide a simple, convenient way to escape the concrete jungle for a day of fresh air, fantastic views and memorable interaction with other like minded individuals who share a passion for the outdoors.