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AMC Family Adventures in Wild Alaska (#2128)

Date and Time

Sunday, July 11, 2021 - Thursday, July 22, 2021

Location

Alaska,
Other U.S.,
AK

Registration

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

Overview

Alaska is often referred to as America's Last Frontier. With over 640,000 square miles of land and 34,000 miles of tidal shoreline, the largest state in the U.S. contains ancient forests, rugged, soaring mountains, thousands of waterways, massive expanses of wild open spaces, and calving glaciers. Wildlife abounds, including grizzly and black bears, bald eagles, caribou, elk, moose, big-horn sheep, hoary marmots, wild salmon and more. During this 12-day family adventure our journey will begin and end in Anchorage, the largest city in the State. In Anchorage we will explore the 11-mile Tony Knowles Coastal Trail by bike, where we are likely to see wildlife along the way. We will travel in rented vehicles to Denali National Park, breaking up the drive to hike the Mount Healy Overlook Trail, and then stay 3 nights in Healy. During our time in Denali we will partake in the all-day Kantishna Experience Tour, featuring a certified guide/naturalist who will help us explore Denali's gold rush history as we travel the Park Road and stop for animal sightings. We will spend a morning touring a dog-sled training facility and play with husky puppies as we learn the history of the Iditarod. After we leave Denali National Park, we will venture into the State Park to hike Byers Lake to Cascade Ridge with stunning views before arriving in Talkeetna for one night. Then we will head to Seward in the Kenai Peninsula where we will spend 4 days hiking and kayaking in Kenai National Park and Resurrection Bay, staying in hotels and a remote wilderness hostel only reached by water taxi. Our trip will culminate in a hike to Crow's Pass and the Raven Glacier in the Chugach National Forest. This adventure travel trip is geared towards adults and children who have had previous hiking experience. Most hikes will be between 5-8 miles, with elevation gains of up to 2,000 feet. Although the pace will be child-friendly and the trails are typically much easier to navigate than trails back east, some of the days will be longer than others. We will expect that parents will ensure that they and their children will stay in good hiking shape and commit to doing some hiking prior to the trip. No kayaking experience is necessary, but we do recommend taking a lesson prior to going.

AMC Trip Policy

Cost*

Adult: $5,095 member / $5,095 non-member
Youth: $3,295 member / $3,295 non-member
Child: $2,995 member / $2,995 non-member
*Includes lodging, all breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners, ground transportation, park passes, 3-day guided kayak trip, all-day Kantishna Exerience and Sled Dog Kennel Tours in Denali, bike rentals, and guide tips. Airfare not included.

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Activities

Bicycling - Road
Hiking
Paddling - Sea Kayaking

Status

Open

Audience

Families


Leader




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Stacia Biel has led over 25 adventure travel trips with the AMC, family trips to the Canadian Rockies, Yellowstone National Park, Nova Scotia and Cape Breton Island, Iceland, and the Italian Dolomites. She is the former chair of the AMC Adventure Travel Committee and a member of the Boston Chapter, where she mainly leads for the Family Outings Committee. Stacia is employed by Smith and Wellesley Colleges where she manages the U.S. operations for a joint study abroad program in Spain.

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