Alaska High Trails

Alaska High Trails

High Trails Adventure - 9th - 12th

Our Alaska High Trails adventure is the perfect introduction to the land of the “Midnight Sun” for students finishing the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Sea kayak among glaciers in Prince William Sound.  Whitewater raft a thrilling river.  Enjoy breathtaking views of Denali from backcountry campsites.

14 Days

$3,995

  • June 22nd - July 5th
  • July 8th - July 21st
  • July 24th - August 6th
  • Anchorage, Ak

Day 1-2

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane, you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next two weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel just a few minutes away to your first campsite outside of Anchorage. For the rest of the first night and throughout the following day you will get to know your new friends, learn to set up your tent, how to use all of the group gear, and prepare for your first expedition.

Day 3-6

For the next few days, you’ll backpack through the beautifully scenic Denali State Park! You’ll be bordered by the Talkeetna Mountains to your east and the Alaskan Range to your west. The trek will take you through meandering lowland streams and alpine tundra. Making your way through this national treasure, you will backpack along towering ridges with inspiring views of neighboring peaks. You and your group will build up your mileage, traveling shorter distances at first to build your trail legs and to take time to practice your backcountry skills. You’ll learn to cook in the backcountry, master the ethics of minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass navigation. This is an area of truly indescribable, staggering beauty — the perfect environment to grow closer as a team.

Day 7

Following the backpacking section of your trip, you and your group will rest your legs as you paddle your raft down the Lion’s Head section of the Matanuska River. We’ll parallel the Matanuska Glacier through thrilling class III and IV rapids. This exciting, glacially fed whitewater section offers a unique way to see the pristine Alaskan wilderness.

Day 8-12

After rafting the Matanuska River, you will return to the bustling city of Anchorage for showers, laundry and preparing for your kayaking adventure. The start of your sea kayaking voyage takes you to the historic town of Whittier, Alaska. From Whittier, you’ll hop on a shuttle boat and get dropped off at the point in the glacier-strewn Prince William Sound where your kayaking will begin. For the next few days, you’ll be paddling from campsite to campsite exploring and discovering all that you can about this magical location. Meandering through these giant islands of ice, you’ll also get a chance to see native bald eagles, otters, seals, and possibly even some whales! After your kayaking tour is over, you’ll rendezvous with the shuttle boat and be taxied back to Whittier.

Day 13-14

After your adventure on the water, you’ll head back to Anchorage to make this incredible trip full circle. You will take a day to explore the city, checking out the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and gather together for the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. You’ll enjoy one last dinner together as you reminisce about the laughs and experiences you’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it’s time to say your good-byes. Your time with your group will have seemingly flown by, but you’ll always have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to.

Day 1-2

As you fly over the rugged Alaskan landscape toward the Anchorage airport, you’ll realize that you’re truly entering a landscape made for adventure. Upon exiting your plane, you’ll be greeted by your new trip leaders and meet your fellow trip-mates, people who will become your best friends over the next two weeks. From the airport, you’ll travel just a few minutes away to your first campsite outside of Anchorage. For the rest of the first night and throughout the following day you will get to know your new friends, learn to set up your tent, how to use all of the group gear, and prepare for your first expedition.

Day 3-6

For the next few days, you’ll backpack through the beautifully scenic Denali State Park! You’ll be bordered by the Talkeetna Mountains to your east and the Alaskan Range to your west. The trek will take you through meandering lowland streams and alpine tundra. Making your way through this national treasure, you will backpack along towering ridges with inspiring views of neighboring peaks. You and your group will build up your mileage, traveling shorter distances at first to build your trail legs and to take time to practice your backcountry skills. You’ll learn to cook in the backcountry, master the ethics of minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass navigation. This is an area of truly indescribable, staggering beauty — the perfect environment to grow closer as a team.

Day 7

Following the backpacking section of your trip, you and your group will rest your legs as you paddle your raft down the Lion’s Head section of the Matanuska River. We’ll parallel the Matanuska Glacier through thrilling class III and IV rapids. This exciting, glacially fed whitewater section offers a unique way to see the pristine Alaskan wilderness.

Day 8-12

After rafting the Matanuska River, you will return to the bustling city of Anchorage for showers, laundry and preparing for your kayaking adventure. The start of your sea kayaking voyage takes you to the historic town of Whittier, Alaska. From Whittier, you’ll hop on a shuttle boat and get dropped off at the point in the glacier-strewn Prince William Sound where your kayaking will begin. For the next few days, you’ll be paddling from campsite to campsite exploring and discovering all that you can about this magical location. Meandering through these giant islands of ice, you’ll also get a chance to see native bald eagles, otters, seals, and possibly even some whales! After your kayaking tour is over, you’ll rendezvous with the shuttle boat and be taxied back to Whittier.

Day 13-14

After your adventure on the water, you’ll head back to Anchorage to make this incredible trip full circle. You will take a day to explore the city, checking out the Alaska Native Heritage Center, and gather together for the traditional WA end-of-summer banquet. You’ll enjoy one last dinner together as you reminisce about the laughs and experiences you’ve all shared over the past several weeks together. Finally, the following morning, it’s time to say your good-byes. Your time with your group will have seemingly flown by, but you’ll always have the incredible memories and life-long friendships to hold on to.