If not content to merely witness the wilds, but rather to feel through seemless touch, then a variety of means is required. The Land here takes myriad form, from volcanoes and high peaks still growing, to the glaciers and raging rivers carving them down, to the rugged coasts in constant transition either direction. A true taste of each demands the means most appropriate, and this very special adventure promises that diversity with alpine hiking, glacier walking, whitewater rafting and sea kayaking. While varied and active, the places and paces of this trip still allow the essential moments of savor between, fostering a connection unparalleled.
With the hallmarks of our largest National Parks, private camps interspersed with comfortable lodgings, coupled with the intimacy of modes, one can't help but come to an understanding of wild that few ever do. Designed to be enjoyed by beginner and practiced alike, this itinerary nonetheless does demand flexibility and at minimum, a moderate degree of fitness. This is the trip for those that just couldn't imagine the journey, or Life, any other way.
Day 1: Anchorage-Denali; travel north through Susitna valley along Talkeetna Mountains to the Alaska Range; alpine tundra hike, private camp by Jack River (hopeful views of, The Mountain from your tent).
Day 2: Denali National Park; natural history/wildlife tour to heart of park, late afternoon hike to Mt. Healy, camp back at Jack River, evening hike.
Day 3: Denali-Meier's Lake; cross spectacular Denali Hwy, MaClaren Summit alpine tundra hike, or, Gulkana Glacier hike (depending on conditions), overnight cabins at Meier's Lake.
Day 4: Meier's Lake-McCarthy; Glennallen, Liberty Falls, cross Kuskulana River Gorge (great catwalk), glacial terminal morraine hike, glacial island private camp on McCarthy Creek, with Kennicott River on opposite side.
Day 5: McCarthy/Kennicott; shuttle to Kennicott for ghost town exploration, all day alpine hike to Jumbo Mine overlooking Root and Kennicott glaciers, evening flightseeing option, same island camp.
Day 6: McCarthy-Gakona; morning hike; explore old Chitina, Glennallen stop, camp on 500 ft. bluff overlooking Copper River and the National Park, with volcanoes of Sanford, Drum and Wrangell opposite.
Day 7: Gakona-Hope; Copper River Basin, humbling Matanuska Glacier ice hike (with crampons), Turnagain Arm, overnight creekside log cabins historic Hope, (great bar!), hot tub.
Day 8: Hope/Seward; short drive to Seward, sea kayaking from Lowell Point, exploring west side of Resurrection Bay and Caine's Head Park; return Hope to log cabins, barbecue.
Day 9: Hope; world class Six Mile River rafting, choice of two canyons (Class III and IV), or three canyons (Class IV), Hope cabins.
Day 10: Hope-Anchorage; rainforest hike in Girdwood; end of trip.
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