Last updated: March 16, 2017
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Travel to Haines, Alaska on your own. Evening meeting with your guide at local lodging (included).
A day on the river. We take our first day to explore around Haines, rafting and fishing the Chilkat River. We will see eagles and possibly Moose. Most years a little fish called a hooligan is running this time of year and the bird life tends to be in a feeding frenzy. (If the weather is perfect we may elect to fly to the coast on this day). Lodging in Haines included this night.
Right from the start you know you are in for a spectacular flight! After climbing out of the Chilkat Valley we quickly find the ice fields and jagged peaks of Glacier Bay National Park. Then (in good weather) we get breath-taking views of Mt. Fairweather and north into Canada’s Kluane Park. After an hour of flying we descend and land right on the beach. In perfect conditions you can hear the glacier cracking from our first camp at the edge of the trees and the sun setting over the Pacific.
May 1 - 3
We have 5 full days to explore this remarkable place and only about 20 miles of backpacking. This leaves ample time to day-hike, beachcomb, bird-watch, and relish the wild beauty of the place. Approach the ice of the glacier? Hike inland for mountain views? Search for glass fishing floats? Inspect the tsunami damage at Lituya Bay? Cast a line in a clear creek? The week is yours to enjoy the wilderness as you like. Your guide can advise, lead, educate or leave you in peace to enjoy the surf and forest.
Weather permitting, our pilot arrives mid-day for the flight back over (or through) the mountains and back to the friendly town of Haines. Lodging in Haines, included
If you want additional activities in Haines we can arrange them for you. Otherwise have a safe trip home.