Go Hike Alaska is a purveyor of world-class Alaskan experiences throughout Southcentral Alaska. We offer guided day hikes, snowshoeing adventures, multiday backpacking trips, and specialty tours like foraging & cooking classes as well as historical & cultural tours. We also offer heli-hiking and heli-snowshoeing experiences.
Our experienced guides are certified in wilderness first aid, CPR, and EPI-pen use. We are also trained in avalanche safety and large animal encounter. Your well-being and safety is our #1 priority.
What we'll do
• Trek one of Chugach State Park's finest ridgelines with a top-tier guide!
• Perfect for solo travelers and couples. Challenge and reward await!
• Enjoy breathtaking views of Anchorage and interior Chugach Mountains.
• Learn about Alaska's alpine forests & tundra environment from a naturalist.
• Opportunity for wildlife sightings including bear, sheep, marmot and birds!
• Provisions include a prepacked snack, courtesy of Kat’s Epic Trail Bites, and your choice of either reindeer sausage or a cheese-stick.
This is quite-the-quintessential Alaska hiking experience. You should pick this adventure if you are looking for a hearty challenge with rewarding sights and a ton of payoff. Experience the thrill of ascending to heights offering 360-degree views of the nearby Cook Inlet and interior Chugach mountains. Gaze at deep, glaciated, u-shaped valleys, and giant ridgelines defining the landscape. Imagine pristine, treeless, tundra loaded with vegetation that you can touch, taste, and feel. If you have never seen alpine before, prepare to be amazed.
Ridgeline trekking is an incredibly unique way to see the landscape. While the ascent can be tough, once you arrive at the top, it is truly remarkable. You can see forever! On a clear day, we can even see Mt. Denali hundreds of miles away! Plus, the terrain can be fairly flat, making the trekking a truly enjoyable experience. During the tour, we may see moose, bear, Dall sheep, mountain goats, and a variety of small mammals like arctic squirrels and marmots. There are also plenty of birds to gaze at like bald eagles, thrushes, chickadees, and jays. This is one of our favorite ways to experience Alaska and the Chugach State Park.
What do you say, are you in?!
What to expect / what's provided
WHAT TO EXPECT:
• Location: Chugach State Park - Rendezvous Ridgeline or Mile High Ridgeline
• Dates: May 1st - October 1st
• Tour #1: 8 am - 1 pm
• Tour #2: 2 pm - 7 pm
• Travel Time: 1 Hour (30 minutes one-way)
• Trekking Time: 4 Hours
• Distance & Elevation Gain: ~5 miles and 2,000 feet (or 200 flights of stairs)
• Difficulty: ★★★★☆ "Moderate for most & difficult for others"
• Recommended for ages 15 - 65
TRANSPORTATION & MEETUP LOCATION:
Guests have the option of using our transportation or providing it for themselves. We encourage our guests to drive to the trailhead if they have the ability in order to mitigate the spread of COVID. However, if you need transportation we are more than happy to provide it for you. We will confirm your preference after you book.
If you DO need transportation, we will meetup, depart, and return at the NW corner of 10th and L St. in downtown Anchorage. Please arrive no later than 10 minutes prior to your tour. There is free parking here if you are driving to the spot.
If you need DO NOT need transportation, you will meet us at the trailhead or follow us from the meetup location. We will coordinate the location prior to your tour via text, phone, or email.
If you choose to ride with us, please anticipate being within close proximity to one another. We ask you kindly please sanitize your hands before entering the vehicle as well as wear a cloth/other type of face covering in accordance with local COVID-19 rules. We'll have a sanitizer available for all guests. We also ventilate the vehicle in an effort to reduce transmission of COVID.
All participants are required to complete a participation agreement. You will receive a link in your confirmation email to complete it once you finish booking.
All of our hikes are rain or shine. However, if the weather is too severe (i.e. thunder, lightning, hail, blizzard, etc.) we'll issue you a full refund.
Seeing wild animals is probably part of why you booked a hike in the first place, but we need to give animals the proper respect they deserve. We will provide you a safety briefing before your hike. Please listen to your guide during any encounter situation. We are happy to help you get some quality photos, but only if it is safe. While bears are commonly referred to as the aggressors, moose attacks are far more common in Alaska. Every guide is trained in large animal safety, and the use of bear spray.
You should have a small amount of hiking experience before attempting this hike, or be in good physical condition. At a minimum, you should be able to walk at least 8 miles on flat pavement, or 5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 4 hours. You should also be able to easily climb many flights of stairs over the duration of the hike. Many 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.
Provisions include a prepacked snack, courtesy of Kat’s Epic Trail Bites, fresh fruit, and your choice of either reindeer sausage or a cheese-stick. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. We also have trekking poles and daypacks available.
We understand life is wild and cancelling your hike might be necessary. We hope this does not occur, but if circumstances lead you to cancel your hike the following policy will apply:
• If you cancel any time before 2 weeks prior to your scheduled hike, you will receive a full refund.
• If you cancel between 48 hours to 2 weeks prior to your scheduled hike, you will receive 75% of your total service fee.
• No refunds will be given for cancellations between 0 and 48 hours prior your hiking start time, or for any no shows.
• If you need to cancel due to COVID-19, please let us know and we will issue you a full refund.
If you would like to switch the hike you’ve booked, or, transfer your hike to another person in your party, we can help you. You will be subject to a $25 processing fee. All adjustments must be made by calling 513-512-5946.
Severe Weather and Other Safety Concerns Policy:
If your hike is canceled due to severe weather or extensive safety concerns, such as an aggressive bear found in the area, you will receive a full refund of your trip only if we cannot switch your hike to a different route. Before cancelling your hike, we will exhaust all attempts at switching your hike. Cancellations may be made by either management, or by your guide, before your start time or while you are hiking.