This is great option for individuals with hiking experience seeking a moderate to difficult full-day adventure. Depending on trail & weather conditions, and overall fitness level of group, we’ll take you to one of two special areas of the Chugach State Park. Both hikes involve a fair amount of uphill hiking, especially Little O’Malley & The Ballpark. That said, the elevation gain is typically spread out over the course of the hike, making them both very achievable.
During the hike, we have the opportunity to see moose, bear, dall sheep, mountain goats, plus a variety of small mammals like arctic squirrels and marmots. There are plenty of birds to gaze at like bald eagles, thrushes, chickadees, and jays. If you are feeling wary about your safety, don’t fret! All our guides are experienced in the back country and will educate you on animal safety before we set out.
Along the way we will enjoy lunch featuring Alaskan berries, smoked salmon, and a variation on a classic: a sun butter & jelly sandwich. We also have fresh fruit and granola for this full-day tour. At the turnaround point, we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy some casual banter about all things Alaskan and take spectacular photos and video. After that, we will head back while enjoying the sights and sounds which make Alaska so amazing. We will even have you back in time to visit our great local restaurants, or even take a museum or brewery tour if you aren’t whipped!
Experience Requirements: You should have a fair amount of hiking experience before attempting this hike. At a minimum, you should be able to walk roughly 10 miles on flat pavement, or 8 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 6 hours. You should also be able to easily climb many flights of stairs over the duration of the hike. Some parts of trail are steep and hilly, placing additional stress on areas of the body not impacted by level terrain. Not recommended for those with cardiac or respiratory issues/illness. May be difficult for those with severe joint issues. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know and we will accommodate you with a different snack option.