Nature Hikes

You came to Alaska to see it—why not experience it on a personal, up close level?

Explore the best trails Seward has to offer

Join experienced naturalists / former teachers to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. The area surrounding Seward is a hiker’s mecca. These hikes have been selected to provide a different perspective into the natural and cultural history of this region. Treks range in length and ability level and are appropriate for families.

Our Interpretive/Naturalist Guides are retired local school teachers, former National Park Rangers, and expert bird watchers. They have been stomping around the mountains of Seward for decades and have a wealth of knowledge to share, and some really amazing places to explore that are typically only known as “local” hikes.

 

EXIT GLACIER NATURALIST HIKE

Walk to the edge of the ice and experience a glacier up close and personal.

Learn how this magnificent chunk of ice has affected the geology, biology, and even the weather in the beautiful Resurrection Valley. We’ll hike through a history book of nature as we make our way up to the face of this stunning glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park.

  • Total Length: 2.4 Miles
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Ability Level: Easy
  • NOTE: A shortened wheel chair accessible hike with marvelous views is also available.
  • Price: $35/pp

 

HARDING ICEFIELD HIKE

Climb into the last ice age

This strenuous trek is a truly epic day of expansive views and great exercise. The “HIT” has been called a “life hike” for it is unlikely to experience anything like this again. This trek climbs 3000 feet alongside Exit Glacier as it passes through several climatic zones. Be on the look out for mountain goats, black bear, and marmots--- they are common sightings up here. The trail ends overlooking the massive 700 square mile Harding Icefield.

  • Total Length: 8.2 Miles RT 3000 ft Elevation Gain
  • Duration: 5-8 hours
  • Ability Level: Difficult
  • Price: $80/pp

 

MOUNT MARATHON OPTIONS

Enter Shangri-La

This is a favorite hike among locals. It combines panoramic views, flowers, and lush vegetation. Climbing directly from the Seward town site, this trail traverses Mt Marathon to provide stunning views of Resurrection Bay and surrounding area. This hike is a marvelous chance to see the effects of glaciation and get a glimpse of Seward’s colorful history. This hike provides two options:

 

(OPTION 1) MOUNT MARATHON EARLY MORNING SHAKEDOWN

Why not coffee with a view?

Need to stretch your legs before that boat trip or that drive back to Anchorage — and get your coffee fix? This hike quickly ascends 1000 feet to the “Bench” a lateral moraine left by an ancient glacier where mid to late summer you’ll be surrounded by a lush garden of wild flowers. Best part? Enjoy a cup of Joe (or tea if you prefer) while perched overlooking the town and bay.

  • Duration:7 am to 9:30 am
  • Total Length:2 Miles RT
  • Ability Level:Steep Climb (1000 ft elevation gain)
  • Price: $40/pp

 

(OPTION 2) MOUNT MARATHON —THE "BOWL"

This hike continues along the bench to a waterfall and the Mt Marathon Bowl, an alpine feature shaped by a cirque glacier.“The Bowl” opens into a Shangri-La of wild flowers, bounding stream, and glacial moraines.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total Length: 3 miles RT
  • Ability Level: Steep Climbs (1400 ft elevation gain)
  • Price: $60/pp

 

TONSINA BEACH

No it’s not Hawaii, but it’s pretty danged nice

Want some beach time? This family friendly hike travels the former WWII military road to a ¼ mile long fine grained beach. It’s a great opportunity to see shore birds along with perhaps sea otters munching clam shells. This hike allows ample time to set on the beach and enjoy the spectacular views of mountains and glaciers on the other side of the bay. 

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Total Length: 3 Miles RT
  • Ability Level: Easy.Low Elevation Gain, Trail can be set and rocky
  • Price: $60/pp

 

LOST LAKE

Travel to the SubArctic

Check the guide books — Lost Lake Trail is often described as among the best on the Kenai Peninsula. This trek begins within a northern rainforest, climbs into a boreal forest, then ends in a wide and wild tundra landscape where black and brown bear sometimes can be spotted. Views are expansive and stunning. You’ll come back tired but with the satisfaction of seeing a landscape that few will experience.

  • Duration: 6=8 hours
  • Total Length: 4 to 10 Miles RT
  • Ability Level: Moderate. Gradual and consistant elevation gain over a long distance
  • Price: $105/pp

 

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Departure Time 
Varies depending on the hike selected and the existing schedule