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Rainforest Hiking Tour from Girdwood
Hiking the Winner Creek Trail in the lush Rainforest of Girdwood is an exhilarating experience that is a memorable adventure for everyone. This moderate and exciting hike is approx. 5 miles long (roundtrip). Time and enthusiasm permitting, the hike also consists of a very unique hand tram crossing and walk over the Winner Creek Gorge. Your naturalist guide will point out and discuss the flora and fauna of North America's northern-most temperate rainforest. You may even see a moose! When blueberry season is in full swing, the trail is blooming with scrumptious delights sure to please everyone. No experience necessary on this excursion.

NOTE: A 2-person minimum is required for the tour to operate. Children have to be at least 7 years old in order to participate in the this tour. This trip operates in ALL weather conditions! Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking clothing including rain gear and sturdy footwear or hiking boots. You will be asked to fill out a waiver form before departing on this tour.

Season: Daily departures June 1 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 10:00am (10:00H)/5:00pm (17:00H)
Duration: 3 hours

Price:
 USD 69 per adult / USD 59 per child (7-11 years)

Alpine Hike on Alyeska Glacier from Girdwood

Just south of Anchorage, the Alyeska Glacier is nestled in a glacier bowl in the Chugach Mountains. Overlooking breathtaking views of the Turnagain Arm and towering alpine peaks, you will be amazed while peering into crevasses during this exciting hike. Ride the Alyeska Tram up the mountain and then hike for about 2 hours total (1 mile roundtrip with an 800 foot elevation gain). At the glacier's edge, you will gear up with climbing harnesses, ropes and/or crampons, and over-boots to travel out onto the glacier itself. Trip includes all equipment, experienced and certified mountain guides, tram ticket, interpretive glaciology discussions, a snack and water.

NOTE: While this is a moderate to strenuous activity, no previous experience is needed. A 2-person minimum is required for the tour to operate. Children have to be at least 10 years old in order to participate in the this tour.  You will be asked to fill out a waiver form before departing on this tour.

Season: June 13 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 9:00am (9:00H) / 1:00pm (13:00H) / 4:00pm (16:00H) / additional departure at 8:00pm (20:00H) between June 13 - July 13
Duration: approx. 3-4 hours

Price:
 USD 139 per person

Rock Climbing Tour from Girdwood
An exhilarating and memorable experience for all! Experienced guides teach everyone from novices to advanced climbers at either Tram Rock (at the Alyeska Resort) or along the Seward Highway, depending on weather. This tour includes a snack, climbing gear, helmet, harness, chalk-bag and rental rock shoes. While this is a moderate to strenuous activity, no prior experience is necessary.

NOTE: A 2-person minimum is required for the tour to operate. Children have to be at least 3 years old in order to participate in the this tour. This trip operates in ALL weather conditions! Please dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking clothing including rain gear and sturdy footwear or hiking boots. You will be asked to fill out a waiver form before departing on this tour.

Season: Daily departures June 1 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 10:00am (10:00H)/3:00pm (15:00H)
Duration: 3-4 hours

Price:
 USD 129 per adult / USD 89 per child (3-11 years)

Spencer Glacier Hike including train transfers from Girdwood
Enjoy a hike amongst beautiful scenery, blue icebergs and onto a majestic glacier. Arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop aboard the Alaska Railroad. After a short van ride, you will be outfitted in PFDs and spray skirt.  Kayak across the Spencer Lake about 1.4 miles (about 30 minutes) to the other side of the glacier.  Upon arrival to the glacier, get outfitted with helmets and crampons. After a brief safety lesson and practice getting comfortable with the crampons, the group will venture out onto the glacier itself. About two hours will be spent exploring the glaciers features, including crevasses, ice caves, moulins, and more. Experienced glacier guides provide information on local wildlife, history and glaciology. Return to Girdwood by kayak, van and train. Tour includes: roundtrip train transfer from Girdwood, services of knowledgeable guides, use of kayak, kayaking gear, helmet and crampons, and a deli style lunch.

NOTE: Participants must be physically capable of hiking up to 7 miles on potentially uneven terrain and must dress appropriately for all weather. Please bring a waterproof camera or ziploc bag to protect valuables from the water. Minimum age limit of 13. Please note that there is a 2 person minimum for this tour to operate.

Season: Daily departures June 1 - Sept 15, 2014
Departure Time: 12:00 pm
Duration: 10 hours

Price:
 USD 359 per person

Spencer Glacier Ice Climbing Tour including train transfers from Girdwood
Enjoy the truly unique experience of ice climbing on a glacier. Arrive at Spencer Glacier Whistle Stop aboard the Alaska Railroad. After a short 1 mile van ride to the edge of Spencer Lake, you will be outfitted in PFDs and spray skirt. Kayak across the Spencer Lake about 1.4 miles (about 30 minutes) to the other side of the glacier. Upon arrival to the glacier, get outfitted with helmets, crampons, and ice picks. After a brief safety lesson and practice getting comfortable with the equipment, the group will venture out onto the glacier itself. About two hours will be spent climbing ice walls near the edge of the glacier. Experienced glacier guides provide information on glaciology and techniques. Return by van and train. Tour includes: roundtrip train transfer from Girdwood, services of knowledgeable guides, use of kayak, kayaking gear, climbing gear and a deli style lunch. 

NOTE:  There is a 3 person minimum for this tour to operate. Participants must be physically capable of hiking up to 7 miles on potentially uneven terrain and must dress appropriately for all weather. Minimum age limit 14.

Season: Daily departures June 1 - Sept 15, 2014
Departure Time: 12:00 pm
Duration: 10 hours

Price:
 USD 399 per person

Blue Ice Jetboat Tour from Girdwood
A glacier lovers dream. Get off the beaten path to explore the glaciated 20-Mile Valley in a thrilling jetboat ride to the remote mountains and waterfalls of Carmen Lake. Challenge Glacier River to reach massive icebergs in picturesque 20-Mile Glacier Lake. Wildlife such as eagles, salmon and moose frequent the river corridor. A nature walk ashore adds to the experience and remarkable views.

Season: Daily departures July 15 - August 15, 2014
Departure Time: 9:30am (9:30H) / 1:30pm (13:30H)
Duration: 4 hours

Price:
 USD 199 per adult / USD 149 per child (5-12 years)

Glacier Creek Rafting Tour from Girdwood
After a short hike through the rainforest, put on your drysuit and enjoy a rip-roaring trip down the nonstop class II-III rapids of Glacier Creek. Take in the backcountry scenery as you maneuver through the narrow gorge.  Tour includes: Guided rafting and required equipment.

NOTE:  Children must be at least 8 years old to participate in this tour.

Season: Daily departures May 15 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 9:30am (9:30H) / 1:30pm (13:30H) / 5:00pm (17:00H)
Duration: 3 hours

Price:
 USD 119 per adult / USD 109 per child (8-12 years)

Jetboat Kayaking Tour from Girdwood
Jetboating to the wilds of Alaska for remote lake kayaking and opportunities to look for wildlife on a wilderness adventure. After navigating the twists and turns of the Twentymile River system by jet boat, step onto the shores of remote Carmen Lake. Spend the day exploring the lake by stable, sit-on-top kayaks as you enjoy distant views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Skipping rocks, a shore side hike and gazing at waterfalls are other popular activities as a beachside BBQ of Alaskan favorites is prepared. Conclude your tour with another exciting jet boat ride back through the many channels of the Twentymile River.

Season: Daily departures May 15 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 9:30am (9:30H)
Duration: 8 hours

Price:
 USD 299 per adult / USD 249 per child (5-12 years)

Rafting, Hiking & Goldpanning Tour from Girdwood

Combine gold prospecting at Crow Creek Mine with hiking on the Iditarod Trail and whitewater rafting on scenic Glacier Creek. Find guaranteed gold with shovels and pans on the guided tour of Crow Creek Mine. Hike a mile on the historic Iditarod Trail through the dense forest to the cable hand tram crossing Glacier Creek. Whitewater rafting Glacier Creek Gorge offers non-stop class II-III action. Paddle past waterfalls, view distant glaciers and take advantage of photo opportunities. This fun rafting trip is great for groups, families and beginners.

Required at time of booking: Hotel information in Girdwood

Season: Daily departures May 15 - September 15, 2014
Departure Time: 8:30am (8:30H) / 12:30pm (12:30H)
Duration: 4 hours

Price:
 USD 159 per adult / USD 139 per child (8-12 years)

Bird Creek ATV Tour from Bird Creek/Seward Highway
Access Alaska's backcountry! Drive a few minutes to Bird Creek, an area with a maze of trails winding through temperate rainforest. With your guide, ride trails hidden even to locals. You'll also take a short hike to a clear water pool with spawning salmon and a spectacular waterfall. Bear, moose and eagles can also be seen in this area depending on the time of year (not guaranteed). Tour includes: Safety gear, raingear and water.  Not included: transfers to and from your hotel (tour departs from Bird Creek)  NOTE: This tour does NOT depart from Girdwood. The tour departs from Bird Creek which is located on the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood. Transportation from Girdwood is NOT available. You will have to have your own transportation to get to the starting point of this tour. Minimum age to operate an ATV is 16. Please bring your own boots for this tour.  ** Second rider (sharing an ATV) available at a lesser cost (ages 8 and up) (2-adult passenger minimum)

Season: Daily departures May 01 - September 30, 2014
DepartureTime: 10:00am (10:00H) & 2:00pm (14:00H)
Duration: 3 hours

Price:
 USD 175 per driver (ages 16 and up)

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