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Alaska's Kenai Family Walking & Hiking Tour - Older Teens & 20s

National Park Glaciers, Coastline & Wildlife

It feels like the ends of the Earth... a place that few humans have seen. Glaciers plunge down mountains to waters brimming with sea life. You marvel at Kachemak Bay's dramatic weather. And at the wildflowers and rushing waterfalls on the Kenai Peninsula. Your sense of the wilderness will never be the same after this.

THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights


FROM: $3,299 - $3,349 pp dbl occ
($700 for sgl occ)

Special Kids Prices
Alaska Kenai Walking & Hiking map
Alaska Kenai Walking & Hiking map


Start Homer / End Anchorage

Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.

  • Enjoy a sensational hike along Exit Glacier that leads to unforgettable vistas of Resurrection River Valley and Harding Icefield 
  • Boat across beautiful Kachemak Bay, then trek to amazing Grewingk Glacier, where you may encounter grazing Dall sheep 
  • Visit the coastal towns of Homer and Seward, brimming with charm and classic Alaskan character 
  • Watch for black bears, marmots, caribou and moose, among many other noteworthy wildlife 
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Accommodations may vary based on departure date.
6 Days Casual Hotels*
Accommodations may vary based on departure.
Days 1-2

Welcome to Homer, known as the End of the Road, and one of Alaska’s most picturesque towns | Hike with a naturalist along bluffs overlooking Kachemak Bay, famous for its extreme tides | Settle into our comfortable waterfront accommodations located at the tip of the world’s second-longest natural spit | A boat ride across Kachemak Bay delivers us to the trailhead for our trek to Grewingk Glacier, where you may spot caribou and Dall sheep | En route to Glacier Lake, you’re surrounded by Kachemak Bay State Park’s 400,000 acres of wilderness, reachable only by air and sea | Sea otters, porpoises, loons and bald eagles may say hello.

Land's End Resort
Land's End Resort
| Casual Hotel

Commune with eagles, otters and seals where land meets sea on Kachemak Bay. (spa)

Days 3-4

Enjoy the wildflowers and spruce forest on a trail to Skilak Lake, fed by a nearby glacier | Wander in scenic Seward | The hike of a lifetime along Exit Glacier leads to amazing views of the Resurrection River Valley and Harding Icefield, a glacier spanning more than 900 square miles and concealing an entire mountain range under several thousand feet of ice | Keep your eyes out for mountain goats, moose and black bears in Kenai Fjords National Park.

Seward Windsong Lodge
Seward Windsong Lodge
| Casual Hotel

An exceptional Alaskan wilderness retreat nestled in the woods of the striking Resurrection River Valley.

Days 5-6

Hike to Crow Pass for a closer look at the Raven Glacier | Experience Alaska’s extreme temperatures as you climb to snow-laden heights | The sound of rushing water accompanies you to Winner Creek Gorge, where the creek passes through a narrow granite passage and becomes a deluge.

Alyeska Resort, Girdwood, Alaska
Alyeska Resort
| *Premiere Hotel

This stylish hotel with an aerial tram to the top of Mount Alyeska has earned accolades from Travel + Leisure. (pool, spa)

Dates & Prices

The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy

Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.

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Activity Level: 2-4

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. Several routes and a range of levels are offered each day so you can choose how much or how little activity you want to do. Learn more about how we determine activity levels.

Route notes

The terrain on this trip includes meadow and forest paths and alpine trails, ranging from lightly rolling to hilly with several steeper climbs. The hike to Harding Icefield is especially rigorous due to its steep rocky terrain and the possibility of encountering snow. Operating under Special Use Permit in the Chugach National Forest. Backroads is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

Daily Route Options

Day 1
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 2 miles | 100 ft. gain
Level 1 | 4 miles | 200 ft. gain
Day 2
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 2 | 6 miles | 500 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 900 ft. gain
Day 3
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 3 miles | 400 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain
Day 4
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 1500 ft. gain
Level 3 | 6 miles | 2000 ft. gain
Level 4 | 8 miles | 3000 ft. gain
Day 5
Walking & Hiking
Level 2 | 4 miles | 700 ft. gain
Level 3 | 5 miles | 1200 ft. gain
Level 4 | 7 miles | 2100 ft. gain
Day 6
Walking & Hiking
Level 1 | 3 miles | 300 ft. gain
Level 2 | 5 miles | 500 ft. gain

What's Included

  • All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
  • Snacks and beverages between meals
  • Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
  • Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
  • Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
  • Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
  • Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
  • On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
  • Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
  • Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
  • Park and other entry fees
  • Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
  • Select coach transfers
  • Baggage transfers and porterage

Straight talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations & Service Standards

Alaska is a land of rustic and rugged beauty. While Backroads has selected the best possible lodging available in the places we visit, simplicity and comfort often outweigh elegance and luxury in this great state. Generally speaking, customer service in Alaska can seem slow and casual when compared with the high standards of hospitality found on other Backroads trips. Patience, a sense of humor and an appreciation for the cultural differences that abound in this population-sparse setting will help to make the most of your experience.

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