Young couple holding each other and standing in front of mount Denali formerly mount Mckinley, Alaska

Heart of Alaska Inn-based Tour

Anchorage, AK

Trip Highlights

  • Views of Denali
  • Up Close Glaciers
  • Iconic Alaskan Wildlife
  • Mountain & Coastal Hikes
  • Fascinating History
  • All-inclusive Adventure
  • Unique Alaskan Lodging

Description

This spectacular Alaskan tour features the best of Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Our adventure trip starts with a mesmerizing visit to Denali National Park and finishes on the  Kenai Peninsula. It includes not only Alaska’s two most popular national parks, but both interior tundra and coastal forest ecosystems. Each day guests have the opportunity to experience glaciers, mountain views, abundant wildlife, Alaska’s amazing history and salmon-fed waters teeming with life.  At night we retire to cozy Alaskan lodges and hotels where we can get cleaned up and enjoy delicious dinners at local eateries. If you love to hike and explore – and Alaska is on your “Life List” – then this all-inclusive tour was made for you!

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From
$5445 Per Person
$1645 Single Supplement  

$1645 Single Supplement

Unless otherwise requested, we will attempt to find you a roommate of the same gender. If you would like a single room, the single supplement will apply.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-6 Guests
Trip Length: 7 Days
Distance: 42MI / 68KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 3

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
The majority of trails on this trip are well used and well maintained, but there are moderately rugged sections. Some days feature moderately long hikes (up to 9 miles) with moderate elevation gain/loss of up to 2000 feet.

Hiking Distances:

Up to 9 Miles

Backpack Weight:

8-12 Pounds

Terrain:

Moderately Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2000 ft.

Heights Exposure:

Moderate

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Yellowstone hiking tour a solitude 2. You can expect as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Drive Time: 4.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 8.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 feet

Today we will launch our exciting journey from Anchorage by heading north into Alaska’s ‘Interior’. We will first stop in the nation’s third largest state park, experiencing the Chugach Range that Anchorage locals amazingly call their backyard. We’ll have breakfast and stretch our legs with a walk along a gorgeous lake before driving into the Great North. Along our drive we will start to see the landscape change as we get farther from the coastal ecosystems around Anchorage and into the stunning Alaska Range, where Denali towers above everything else at over 20,000 feet in elevation. We will explore Denali State Park with a hike through breathtaking country to kick off the week and get our legs warmed up. Then we’ll settle into our lodge near the banks of the Nenana River on the edge of Denali National Park and enjoy our first dinner in the land of the Midnight Sun.

Day 2

  • Drive Time: 1 hour
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1600 feet

This morning we will wake long after the sun has risen, but it may still be early. We will make our way into Denali National Park for a hike on the tundra. If the skies are clear, we will tailor the hike for the best views of ‘The Ancient One’ – Denali. If the mountain is hidden, we will hike along the creeks and tundra trails of the park in search of moose, caribou, Dall Sheep and grizzlies. In the evening we will return to our lodge for a hearty dinner after a long day in one of America’s largest and most breathtaking national parks.

Day 3

  • Drive Time: 4 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1000 feet

On our third morning we depart our lodge and make our way back towards the coast. We will stop for one last, very memorable hike in the Alaska Range, shooting for views of Denali, which is visible less than 1 in 10 days throughout the year (but more in the summer). Our lodge for the evening sits in a massive glacial river valley that downstream feeds the Cook Inlet estuary near Anchorage.

Day 4

  • Drive Time: 3.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6.5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 800 feet

Continuing south to the coast, we will hike once again in the Chugach Range, where we will be reminded of the contrast between the salmon fed coastal forests and those of the interior. The trees will get bigger as we make our way to the Kenai Peninsula – nicknamed Alaska’s Playground. Our lodge this evening will again be nestled in a glacially carved valley, but the mountains will feel closer than ever as we experience the origins of what form a glacial fjord.

Day 5

  • Drive Time: 1.5 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 feet

Today will be our closest experience with a glacier yet. As we approach the coastal town of Seward, we will head back up into the mountains and enter Kenai Fjords National Park. Here will hike along the lateral moraine of Exit Glacier, the only glacier in the park that is accessible by foot trail. After hiking, we will settle in our final lodge in the hills above Resurrection Bay where dinner awaits. For seafood lovers, this is a great opportunity to try the freshest halibut, salmon and crab anywhere in the world.

Day 6

  • Drive Time: 30 minutes
  • Hiking Mileage: 9 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600 feet

To beat the tides we’ll make an early start at our hiking destination on the south side of Seward, just a few minutes away. We will hike along the coast to the historic site of Fort McGilvray, where we will learn about a big piece of Alaska’s history as a strategic military location for the United States. Next we’ll enjoy lunch on the beach and watch for Humpback Whales, sea otters and bald eagles. Because the tides will be too high for us to return on the trail that brought us here, we will return to our trailhead at Miller’s Landing with a short water taxi boat ride. This evening we will celebrate our final night of a week long journey in ‘The Great Land’.

Day 7

  • Drive Time: 3 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1400 feet

Leaving Seward and Resurrection Bay, we return through the valleys and canyons of the Kenai Mountains to the Cook Inlet, where will hike towards views of one of the many glaciers that feed this massive estuary. After our last hike we will drive along the scenic Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, keeping an eye out for Beluga Whales to our left and Dall Sheep on the cliffs to our right until we arrive once again in Anchorage. We will drop you off at your hotel of choice and say our fond farewells. What a week it’s been!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, lodging/campground availability, guest ability/injury, natural events like fires and flooding, and other potential causes. Normal terms and conditions apply to trips with itinerary changes.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 6 nights of double occupancy lodging (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Anchorage, AK
  • Entrance fees and national park permits
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray canisters
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to the national parks
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we’ll visit local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy!

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Bear spray canisters
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide and group on the morning of Day 1 with pick you up at your hotel in Anchorage. Your guide will be in contact approximately 10 days in advance to coordinate the rendezvous and answer any last minute questions you have.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to Anchorage

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and its connecting flights from many major US cities make Anchorage very accessible. The major airlines that fly to Anchorage are Delta, United, American, Alaska Airlines and Sun Country. Direct flights are often available from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Chicago and Las Vegas.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time during the pre-trip communication. Generally, you can expect it to be between 6 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Essential Eligibility Requirements

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Weather in Alaska

This trip covers a dramatic diversity of terrain from coastal areas to mountains and tundra to glaciers. The weather will be largely dependent on which ecosystem you’re at the moment hiking in, so it’s best to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions. Read below for average high and low temperatures in different parts of the Alaska:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month
Denali
Kenai
hi
low
Precip
hi
low
Precip
June
53°
41°
2.42 in
58°
46°
5.2 in
July
56°
45°
3.12 in
61°
50°
7.1 in
August
51°
41°
3.01 in
61°
55°
8.8 in
September
41°
31°
1.74 in
55°
49°
13.3 in

Accommodations

Accommodations

Denali Cabins

0-2 Nights

Nestled in the dramatic landscapes of Denali National Park and Preserve, and only eight miles from the park entrance, these wonderful cabins are the ideal base camp to embark on our Denali adventure. Beautifully tucked away from the busy-ness of the park entrance, this property boasts 46 private cedar cabins surrounded by wilderness. Before and after our hikes, we’ll unwind, relax at these amazing accommodations. (wifi, private bathrooms/showers)

Denali Crows Nest Cabins

0-2 Nights

At the Denali Crows Nest Cabins you’ll enjoy private log cabins with beautiful, hand crafted log interiors and a pristine mountain setting. The cabins come with premium pillow top beds, a flat panel TV, and charming mountain furnishings. Each cabin has an en-suite bathroom and shower. (wifi, private bathrooms/showers)

Alaska Glacier Lodge

0-1 Night

Alaskan-owned and operated, this wonderful retreat offers a relaxing balance between authentic Alaska adventure and the amenities guests enjoy in a first-class hotel. We spend one night in their comfortable, private cabins, and will possibly dine at the on-site Raven’s Perch Restaurant overlooking the amazing mountain views that surround the lodge. (wifi, private bathrooms/showers)

Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge

0-1 Night

Perched on a ridge, looking down on the town of Talkeetna, the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge offers breathtaking views of the tallest peak in North America, Denali. This lodge features the highlights of Alaska, inside and outside. Outside, we’re right in the action where we can  explore Denali and beyond. Inside, guests enjoy a cozy fire in a classic rock fireplace, award-winning food, friendly service—and a great place to recuperate between hikes! (private bathrooms/showers, wifi)

Bear Creek Lodge

1 Night

Bear Creek Lodge is a cozy, rustic, very authentic retreat in the wilds of Alaska. We enjoy their private cabins with backcountry feel and their majestic property for only one night, but we wish it could be more. The rustic cabins are nestled between a majestic pond and rushing mountain stream, and the on sight restaurant is a guest favorite. Please note this lodge does not have private bathrooms and showers, but the communal area is very clean. (shared bathrooms and showers, wifi in the restaurant, cell service, sauna)

Seward Windsong Lodge

0-2 Nights

Alongside the shores of the Resurrection River, on the edge of Chugach National Forest and not far from Exit Glacier, this wonderful lodge is a pristine retreat that perfectly shows off The North’s wild beauty. Minutes from the bustling town of Seward and the iconic landscapes of Kenai Fjords National Park, Windsong’s tranquil setting offers a quiet and cozy escape between exhilarating days of hiking and exploration. (private bathrooms/showers, wifi)

Hotel Edgewater

0-2 Nights

Offered by Best Western, this perfectly located hotel in Seward is just across the street from a beautiful park and the inland waters of Resurrection Bay. With comfortable amenities and a location that puts us right in the action to explore Alaska and the town of Seward, this hand-picked accommodation was exactly what we were looking for when we designed the Heart of Alaska Tour. (wifi, private bathrooms/showers, gym)

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

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