1844: Wild Alaska Sampler, Moderate Day Hiking and Touring

Date and Time

Sunday, June 24, 2018 - Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Other U.S.,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


A spectacular trip for those looking to sample Alaska with only a daypack! Due to popular demand, we are offering a second session of this trip in 2018. On this spectacular journey,we will be day hiking and sightseeing during the day, staying in comfortable lodging at night, and eating fresh seafood and local grub all through the long days of Alaska's ephemeral summer. We will spend 10 days and 9 nights exploring Anchorage and the Chugach mountain range, Denali National Park, and rub elbows with the locals in the funky mountain town of Talkeetna (perhaps the model for the TV show, "Northern Exposure"). An 8 hours RT Denali NP Transit Shuttle to Eielson Visitor Center (mile 66) allows us to see high-alpine tundra, tremendous views of Denali on clear days, and chances to see large mammals such as grizzly bears and caribou. These buses stop for wildlife viewing, restroom stops and beautiful scenery, just like tour buses. We will also explore a 7.5 hours Kenai Fjords National Park's marine life and glaciers on a cruise in the fishing port of Seward. All told, we will travel ~800 miles through pristine Alaska wilderness! We will take moderate level hikes on days when weather permits. Expect to be flexible. You should be fit and experienced enough to hike multiple days for 3-6 hours, 5-8 miles and up to 2500 ft. elevation gains on typical Alaska trails: sometimes rocky and uneven, sometimes steep. We left enough time on our endless summer tour to explore the many optional activities in Alaska, whether that is a Denali sightseeing tour, a visit with the sled dogs, or landing on a glacier in a bush plane, and so much more.

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $3,200 member / $3,200 non-member
*Includes 10 days 9 nights lodging, meals (budgeted at $50/day), Denali National Park Bus tour, Kenai Fiords National Park Cruise, rental vehicles, and emergency evacuation insurance. Price does not include airfare, tips, personal items or travel insurance.

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1844 Prospectus
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Adults (18+)


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Cliff is an automation engineer and Joan is a biochemist. Cliff and Joan Chambers received the Winter Leader of 2009 award from the AMC Boston Chapter Hiking and Backpacking Committee. Joan and Cliff have led domestic and international hiking trips for AMC Adventure Travel since 2008 including trips to California, Wyoming, Montana, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, France, and Patagonia in Argentina and Chile.


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Joan leads 4-season hikes for H/B Committee of AMC Boston Chapter. Joan received Winter Leader of 2009 award and was profiled in the July-August 2011 issue of AMC Outdoors magazine as an AMC volunteer leader making a difference. Since 2008, Joan has been leading Adventure Travel to many US national parks, and abroad in Switzerland, Italy, France, Patagonia in Argentina and Chile, Machu Picchu in Peru, and many Great Walks in New Zealand and Australia.