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Anchorage Day Hike

Enjoy the long Alaskan summer days by hiking in the beautiful Chugach Mountains from Anchorage; the most accessible wilderness to Anchorage. Trips start and finish from Downtown or your Anchorage hotel lobby. Explore unique coastal alpine mountains with a naturalist hiking guide who tailors the hike to your fitness level. We seek out and discuss the flora, fauna, geology, animal tracks and life zones of the habitat. Some of the sights spotted: Alaska Range, Mt. McKinley, Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm, Glaciated Volcanoes. Possible wildlife sightings: moose, bear, dall sheep, marmot, arctic ground squirrels, hares, red fox, migratory birds and mountain runners. Your fun and friendly guide gives you the opportunity to: Nibble on edible leaves, flowers and berries; Explore traditional and contemporary herb lore; Identify bird song and animal behaviors; and enjoy stories about Alaskan and Native Peoples history.  

We provide a free courtesy shuttle from downtown Anchorage hotels. Each trip is custom tailored to the participants desire & fitness levels. Most of our hikes start from the Glen Alps Trailhead; however, trailheads and trip locations will be modified based on conditions, safety, level of activity, length of trip time and/or pre-arranged special interests (i.e. birding, photography, whale migration, berry picking, etc).

Our hiking trips are great for families and groups.


  • A guided naturalist hike in the valley's and peaks surrounding Anchorage
  • Knowledgeable and fun naturalist hiking guides
  • Round trip free courtesy shuttle from any Anchorage hotels or BNB’s to trailhead
  • State Park Fees
  • Granola bars/snacks and bottled waters
  • Bear Protection
  • Ecology, geology and natural history discussions
  • Trekking poles and extra attire, if needed
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Season: May 26- Sept 16, 2018 Ages: 7-70


Departs: Anchorage

Group Size

Min: 10 People, Max: 40 People Ratio: 10/1

Activity Level

No Experience Necessary Moderate
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10am-2pm or custom


1 to 5 Miles. Elevation gain: 200-1300 ft


No experience is necessary. This hike is tailored to the guests fitness levels that have signed up. It can be considered an "easy to "moderate" activity. We recommend that you are capable of walking a few miles or have some sort of fitness exercise routine for optimal enjoyment.


  • Each trip is custom tailored to the group’s desire and fitness levels
  • Ages: 7-70. 
  • This trip is great for families, groups and solo travelers
  • Trips operate in all weather conditions
  • No experience is necessary
  • Trip min: 2 people. Max: 40 people
  • Max Ratio: 10:1
  • Trails and locations will be modified based on: fitness levels of clients, conditions and any safety considerations.
  • We recommend reservations 1 year to a minimum of 2 weeks in advance.
  • All guests are required to fill out our online Hiking Application and Waiver in advance.


Cotton clothes are not recommended. Wear comfortable warm synthetic clothes dressing in layers (long sleeved shirt, long pants, fleece jacket, rain jacket, rain pants, gloves, wool/fleece hat, sunglasses, ball cap) hiking boots or trail shoes with a rugged sole. Bring a small backpack, camera and binoculars. For specific advice on what to wear, read our Be Prepared Document


During the reservation process you will need to share the below info for each participant:

  • Legal full names as appearing on government issued ID.
  • Ages
  • Hotel pick up information.
  • Cellular phone number.
  • Any dietary or medical restrictions.


  • Gratuities

Where Trips Meet

Your tour departs from the lobby of your hotel at 10:00AM or pre-arranged time. Your guide will be wearing an Ascending Path logo on their clothing and will be driving a black Suburban. Your guide will outfit you with any gear needed for the trip. Please plan to be at the designated departure location at least 10 minutes before the departure time.


Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, is in the south-central part of the state on the Cook Inlet. It's known for its cultural sites, including the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which displays traditional crafts, stages dances, and presents replicas of dwellings from the area’s indigenous groups. The city is also a gateway to nearby wilderness areas and mountains including the Chugach, Girdwood, Seward, Kenai, Talkeetna and Denali.


There's no shortage of Anchorage hiking trails. With 155 peaks within Chugach State Park alone. Trails there and beyond seem infinite, but Alaskans know the territory like the back of their hand. Hire Ascending Path Guides, who have been guiding worldwide since 1995 to show you a glimpse of why many people choose to live, work and play in Anchorage.





Yes... Trips include a free courtesy shuttle from downtown Anchorage and rain gear (if necessary), trail snack and water, bear protection and a knowledgeable naturalist hiking guide, max 10:1 ratio (hiker to guide) and interpretive natural history, ecology and geology discussions. Guests visiting the Chugach Range come away with better respect and knowledge about the subalpine and alpine habitats of South Central Alaska, mountain weather and the history of Alaska, not to mention some great photographs!


On a case-by-case basis we will consider exceptions or special accommodations, usually if our trip is bought out as a private with your own guide. This is only available for 1 month to 2 weeks advanced reservations and as space and staffing is available. Please email or call to make your request.

If you have questions about the physical requirements of this trip, please read our Essential Eligibility Criteria on our FAQ's page, email or call us and we would be happy to talk with you and determine if this trip matches your abilities.