Road-Trip in Alaska: Kenai Fjords and Glacier Bay National Parks, with moderate hikes

Schedule

Mon Jul 15 2024 at 09:00 am to Sun Jul 21 2024 at 04:00 pm

UTC-08:00

Location

Kenai Fjords National Park | Seward, AK

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Let's discover ๐Š๐ž๐ง๐š๐ข ๐…๐ฃ๐จ๐ซ๐๐ฌ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค, we will hike alpine meadows to get to the Exit Glacier's base and the continue viewing spectacular glaciers, snow-capped mountains and emeraldโ€“green forests in ๐†๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ซ ๐๐š๐ฒ ๐๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐๐š๐ซ๐ค, a more rarely visited National park. This stretch requires inclusion of a boat ride to the village of Gustavus, AK, and an "internal" flight between Juneau, AK and Anchorage, AK.
A ferry (by a state-owned company and most affordable one) goes from Juneau to Gustavus two days a week only and its schedule hardly allows time to explore Glacier Bay National Park, Gustavus and return to Juneau on the same day. So we will stay in Gustavus for two nights. The plan is to explore the area by ground. If a participant wants to take some commercial boat tour/cruise that's offered in Gustavus to see more of the glacier from water - that should be up to the participant (but needs to be coordinated with the organizer and fit the group's plans.)
We start at ๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž๐š๐ฎ, a 30k-resident city, the capital of Alaska that stands on one the largest wilderness areas and has a number of hiking trails around, with glacier views, waterfall and streams. The city itself is no doubt worth sightseeing. But to get to Glacier Bay National Park by ground we need to go further, to Gustavus, AK, a small 650 resident community, and that is possible by a small plane or ferry only.
July weather in this area is mild with day average temperatures 64 degree F (with night temp around 50.) See updates of weather forecasts at: https://bit.ly/3udEaiv
Trip's summary:
โ€ข 7days/6nights trip for a small group of 6 explorers.
โ€ข The starting point is Juneau, AK and ending point is Anchorage, AK
โ€ข Hotel accommodations in Juneau, AK, Seward, AK, Anchorage, AK. All locations in this event follow safety requirements by the state.
โ€ข Level of activities: Easy to Intermediate.

Clothes and gear recommended:
โ€ข good hiking shoes,
โ€ข warm jacket for evenings, be ready to layer up,
โ€ข hiking poles if you used to them,
โ€ข consider hydration bladder for hikes,
โ€ข day backpack,
โ€ข sunglasses,
โ€ข sunscreen,
โ€ข hat,
โ€ข for personal protection: mask, carry-on sanitizer, gloves (by your choice.)
Tentative cost $810 (no later than 3 month before the start this cost can be updated.) Payment link through Eventbrite will be posted.
What is included:
โ€ข 7days/6nights stay in 2-people occupancy non-smoking room (two beds in room),
โ€ข Breakfasts at some hotels,
โ€ข Transportation by minivan (like Chrysler Pacifica, Dodge Grand or similar) covering approx. 600 mi of road-tripping total,
โ€ข Park entrance fees,
โ€ข Organized hikes in all days.
What is NOT included:
โ€ข Getting to Juneau, AK and returning from Anchorage, AK,(flights to Seattle and on),
โ€ข Meals, snacks, water,
โ€ข flight ANC-JUN, 1 hours long, $182 appox.
โ€ข getting to Gustavus, AK. Ways to get there listed here: https://www.nps.gov/glba/planyourvisit/ak-state-ferry-to-gustavus.htm This is to be discussed and chosen by the group.
Sunrise: 3:15am. Sunset: 12:30am (polar summer!) Every day we want to start off from the hotel at 7 am or 7:30am, or 8am as the latest. It's midnight sun - so please tune in yourself to being disciplined during the trip and balance your activity-rest time to avoid insomnia.

Photo-album from the previous trip with similar itinerary (in Kenai Fjords National Park):
https://www.meetup.com/u-s-national-parks-quest-group/photos/31736997/
If you see that the event is full/no tickets available, do not hesitate to contact the organizer about your interest as spots can become available.
Also, please check on the ๐ฉ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ-๐š๐ฅ๐›๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฌ from our past trips (in Photos section) and our future trips to U.S. National Parks and National Parks in Europe and Asia for 2024-2025. Thanks!

ATTN. There will be a Zoom meeting on this trip and a ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ๐ฌ๐€๐ฉ๐ฉ ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ญ will be formed for the group to communicate and prepare for the trip. Please be available to connect by WhatsApp (provide the organizer with your WhatsApp contact info to be included in the chat.) Regular messaging will not work out for this trip, sorry.
HOW to RESERVE a SPOT in the GROUP:
You should be able to see an Eventbrite payment link. The $10 payment through Eventbrite is for reserving your spot in this small group(and it counts in toward the whole payment for the trip.) After you reserved a spot, you will be contacted by the organizer about a Zoom meeting with the group and joining a WhatsApp group chat. Meeting your future group-mates in a Zoom and being able to communicate by WhatsApp are mandatory steps to become a part of this trip and make the full payment.
If any of these cannot be done/mind changed, the $10 reservation payment will be refunded in full though the initial means of payment, minus fees paid to Eventbrite/any third parties.
The outline of the trip will be communicated during a Zoom meeting and in WhatsApp group chat. The detailed, hour-by-hour, itinerary will be provided to the confirmed participants of the trip.
Feel free to COMMENT this event with any questions (direct messaging is ok, but comments can be responded promptly.)
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Kenai Fjords National Park, Visitor Center, 4th Ave, Seward, AK 99664, United States,Seward, Alaska

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