SEWARD WILDERNESS HIKING

QUICK DETAILS

  • Ages: All Ages
  • Duration: 4 to 6 hours
  • Departs: Seward, AK
  • Location: See below
  • Exertion: Easy to Strenuous
  • Price: $119 per person

Ask us about custom dates for individuals, couples, families, and groups.

TRIP DETAILS & ITINERARY

Experienced guides take guests on trails tailored to each group’s preferences and level of difficulty. Every trail showcases the gorgeous nature of the area’s diverse environment. Guests can get the chance to skirt above the tree line for breathtaking views of the Harding Icefield, glaciers, Resurrection Bay, pristine lakes, and the emerald forests of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Along each hike, guests will learn about the local history and wildlife of the area. The region is home to a number of large animals, including brown and black bears, Alaskan moose, lynx, and a vast array of sea life. During a stop for a satisfying picnic-style lunch surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, guests can ask their guide about the wildlife, fish, and aquatic species that make the place a popular destination for travelers from all over the world.

Guests will have their choice of hiking trails from the following options in the Seward wilderness:

EXIT GLACIER AREA HIKE
Easy: 2 to 4 hours
2.5 to 3 miles round trip

Exit Glacier is the primary destination for visitors to witness up close the power of the glaciers in Kenai Fjords National Park. You’ll be guided on a network of trails through cottonwood forest that lead to different views of Exit Glacier. With lots of beautiful and fun options your KBA guide will make this an adventure you’ll remember for a lifetime.

If you’re really looking for a dose of Alaskan nature and adventure, your guide will take you right up to the toe of the glacier, if the glacier is accessible, and if conditions are safe to do so. There is also an option for a little more exertion that leads to an overlook with panoramic views of Exit Glacier in its own glacially carved valley.

This is one of our favorite hikes in the area as it appeals to people from all walks of life, and all ages. The Exit Glacier area presents a wonderful opportunity to learn about glaciology and to see natural history up close.


TONSINA CREEK & CAINES HEAD HIKE
Moderate: 6 hours
Tonsina Point: 4.2 miles round trip
Caines Head Trail (portion): 6 to 8 miles round trip

Join KBA on a magnificent wilderness and coastal hike on the edges of Seward, Alaska! There are many beautiful vistas and places to explore on this hike, so your guide will take you as far as time allows. Some of our guests want to hike as far as they can, while others simply enjoy a leisurely hike, beach combing, and casual exploration along the route. Your guide will discuss this with you as a group before venturing out for your hiking adventure.

The first portion of the Tonsina Creek & Caines Head Trail, commonly referred to as the Coastal Trail, follows a mellow grade, with the exception of two steep sections, through temperate rainforest to Tonsina Point. The three mile section from here to Derby Cove follows an intertidal zone, and can only be hiked during a low tide of three feet or lower. Our hike usually turns around somewhere in this section between Tonsina Point and Derby Cove. This allows for a diverse range of hiking and wonderful scenery.


MOUNT MARATHON BOWL HIKE
Strenuous: 6 hours

Join KBA on a locals-favorite wilderness hike. The views are absolutely amazing from Mt. Marathon Bowl. It takes some work and effort to get up there, but it’s totally worth it! You’re rewarded with stunning views of Seward and Resurrection Bay that stretch for miles and miles.

Panoramic views flow into sweeping vistas highlighted by beautiful alpine flowers, and lush tundra vegetation. See a magnificent waterfall on your way up to the Bowl, that soon culminates with an up close and personal view of this glacier carved landscape, fresh with alpine wildflowers, patches of snow, and a cascading stream. This is a journey into the mountain wilderness that will surely be a highlight of your Alaska Adventure!

TRIP DETAILS

  • TRIP TIME: See Booking Calendar
  • DURATION: 4-6 Hours
  • LOCATION: Seward area (see options)
  • DEPARTS: Seward, Alaska
  • DIFFICULTY: Group Preference – Easy to Strenuous
  • DISTANCE: 2 to 8+ miles of hiking
  • AGE LIMIT: All Ages

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Check-In: Please arrive 30 minutes prior to start time.
  • Meeting Place: Seward Boat Harbor (area). A map and directions are provided with your reservation confirmation.
  • Pick-Up / Drop-Off: Available at local hotels, cruise port, and train depot in Seward; pick-up times will be confirmed upon booking, but it may be up to an hour prior to your trip start time.
  • Terrain: You must have a reasonable level of fitness and be able to walk on uneven terrain.
  • Children: Available to all ages. Infants under the age of 2 are free. Under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • What To Bring: Please eat a hearty breakfast in the morning prior to arriving for your trip. Bring snacks, and a full water bottle. Sturdy, well broken-in hiking boots or shoes. Waterproof rain jacket. Clothes for dressing in layers; dress for current weather conditions.  Camera, sunglasses, sunscreen, bug spray, and any personal items. Cash if offering guide gratuities.
  • Inclusions:
    • Deli lunch: wrap, piece of fruit, and a granola bar
    • Professional Wilderness Guide
    • Interpretive guided hiking
    • Small group tour
    • Courtesy pickup & drop-off in Seward

*We have myriad trail hiking options in Seward from lush boreal forests, glaciers, craggy mountains, and alpine tundra.

NEED HELP?

We hope you find the information on this page useful. But if you need help booking your trip or have any questions please contact us.

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