Adventure Sixty North is a small professional Sea Kayaking company in Seward, Alaska. Proudly and safely providing the best fully guided day tours, overnight kayak camping trips, and adventures in the Kenai Fjords National Park with our professionally trained guides. We provide fully guided and outfitted environmentally friendly and educational kayaking trips to Resurrection Bay, Bear Glacier, Aialik Glacier, Northwestern Fjord.
We also provide gold panning on-site on a clear creek from troughs. Guided salmon fishing and fishing gear rental. Open year-round.
What we'll do
This 2.5 hr. Exit Glacier nature hike and the Gold Panning at Clear Creek panning area located on Adventure Sixty North property is great for, viewing a glacier without getting on the ice and combining a bit of Alaskan history by learning how to find gold in a gold pan the Alaskan way! We will hike with you and provide a bit of glacier knowledge and local interpretive information as we hike to the toe overlook of Exit Glacier. The Gold panning demonstration and panning adventure will happen at our Clear Creek panning site on our property using our rustic water troughs, and our tarp-covered log structure for protection from wind and rain. Everyone finds gold and other semi-precious stones, we don't know how much you will find, but we do guarantee that you will at least find flakes of the precious mineral that is included with our pay dirt.
You keep what you find, we supply the pans, local information, a bit of history mixed with a bit of geology, humor, instruction, and glass vials for your gold specimens and a container for your semi-precious stones. Garnets, Fluorite, Quartz, Red Jasper, and many others.
About Gold Panning:
We will teach you the ropes with a gold panning demonstration in our elevated troughs by our rustic gift shop. Personalized how-to demonstrations will have you panning like a pro while providing some local humor and history along the way.
Truly an Alaskan experience!
Where we pan for gold:
The canvas-covered log-framed structure where we pan for gold is located just across from our walking bridge, between our office and the gift shop. Depending on the salmon run, we can often spy salmon in the creek. The covered troughs allow us to stay dry while panning, which makes this the perfect activity, rain or shine!
We pan in elevated wooden troughs with proven pay dirt so there is a possibility of everyone taking home their very own Alaskan Gold and gems!
Find more than gold:
Learn how to pan, searching for gold and semi-precious stones that we also find around Alaska. Some treasures can include, Red Jasper, Hemalyke, Fluorite, Quartz, Amethyst, Red Agate, Tourmaline, and Garnet.
About Exit Glacier Hike:
This 2.5 hr. hiking adventure is great for, viewing a glacier without getting on the ice, families, groups, or adventurers with limited time to experience the beauty of a glacier in Seward, Alaska. These trips are offered morning and afternoon. Masks are required for the shuttle transportation and the hiking shuttle by everyone!
Federal regulations, CDC, Local and State rules and regulations apply! Drivers will take temp before boarding the shuttle and those with fever will not be permitted to board. Safety First!
What To Expect:
This trip departs from Adventure Sixty North at the north end of Seward. We will shuttle you from and to your local B&B, local campground, and local Hotels at no cost!
We will head to Exit Glacier to begin your hike with knowledgeable guides. As we drive out to the glacier, we will stop at the pull-out for a great view of Exit Glacier, a definite photo moment!
Our shuttle van will also stop at the Kenai Fjords National Park welcome sign for a photo opportunity!
The visitor center stop is a favorite of our guests and after that brief stop, we are all about the hike to the overlook where you will be looking down onto the toe of the Exit Glacier.
What to Consider:
This hiking experience goes rain or shine, there can be a definite change in temperature as you get close to the glacier with breezes blowing down from the Ice Field. We recommend that you take an extra layer if you typically are cold-natured. The hiking trail is a partially black-toped trail that turns into an undeveloped hiking trail which can be slippery and challenging to people that are not used to hiking nature trails. At points, you will hike on gravel, rock and encounter a narrow beam bridge crossing small drainage.
If you consider yourself unstable with walking on an undeveloped trail as described, we recommend that you not participate in this hike for your safety!
What to expect / what's provided
* Duration: 4 Hours
* What's Included with Hike?
- Shuttle to Glacier
- Trekking pole/s
- Interpretive guide with a satellite phone and 1st aid supplies
- Pick up/drop off to and from our local Seward Hotels, Lodges, Campgrounds with reservation!
- Great Scenery!
* What should I bring?
- Layer up!
- Water-resistant/waterproof shoes & warm socks
- Active Wear made of synthetic & water-wicking materials
- Fleece Jacket or windbreaker depending on temps.
- Rain Jacket & Pants if you have your own if not we rent!
- Please, no cotton or denim if possible!
- Your Camera!
- Fanny Pack for your personal items
No-shows, cancellations 7 days or less, those leaving a trip early of their own accord, or those refusing to sign an unmodified liability waiver will not receive a refund. All trips run rain or shine. When traveling to Alaska, you should prepare for rain as it is what keeps us lush and green.
MORE THAN 30 DAYS before your reservation, we will refund your card minus the following per person booking fees:
- Resurrection Bay and Bear Lake day trips - $20 per person
- Aialik and Bear Glacier day trips - $50 per person
- Overnight and Multi-day trips - $200 per person
15 TO 30 DAYS before your reservation, we will refund your card minus 25% of your total invoice.
7 TO 14 DAYS before your reservation, 50% of your total invoice is due.
WITHIN 7 DAYS of your reservation: There will be no refunds. The full balance will be due and charged to your card on file.
-- CANCELLATIONS BY US --
If Adventure Sixty North LLC is forced to cancel a trip for any reason; the trip will be rescheduled or refunded. We reserve the right to cancel any trip due to the discretion of our personnel and their field experience. In such cases, our liability extends to the cost of the class or trip only, not travel and accommodations made by our customers.
Note: Once any trips start/depart and or must terminate early or extend due to any reason, there will be no refunds. This also applies to our overnight and multi-day trips. For overnight/multi-day trips, we recommend adding a buffer day on either end of your trip. Although weather delays in drop-off and pick-up are rare, they can happen. Alaska is still wild and Mother Nature has her own plan. For all trips and travel to Alaska in general, we highly recommend trip or travel insurance.