Alaska Southeast Trip

Alaska Southeast

High Trails Adventure - Grades 9-12

Join our three week Southeast Alaska Adventure and discover a land rich in cultural history amidst scenery and wildlife beyond belief. Head into Alaska’s wilderness, then view humpback whales from your sea kayak in the northern hemisphere’s finest whale watching waters. Backpack into the Alaskan wilderness surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, then raft southeast Alaska’s finest whitewater. Travel by boat to a remote glacier and learn ice climbing skills in some of the finest glacial terrain Alaska has to offer.

21 Days

$4,895

  • June 24th - July 14th
  • July 17th - August 6th
  • Juneau, AK

Day 1-2

Arriving in the Juneau airport, you’ll truly be awe-struck to see such a unique location. A town clinging to the snowcapped hillsides, Juneau rests right on the shoreline next to the vast blue sea. As you enter the airport, you’ll be greeted promptly by your Wilderness Adventures leaders as well as your fellow trip-mates. Your feeling of anticipation of the incredible experience you are about to embark on will be mirrored on simply because everyone that surrounds you is overflowing with excitement and enthusiasm. From the airport, you’ll head out to your first campsite only a few minutes away. A great night, and a great way to start your trip, we’ll spend our time learning to sett up our tents, playing games, having a blast getting to know each other and letting it sink in that we’ve just arrived in Alaska!

Day 3-7

After taking care of all the preparations the couple of days before, the time has come for us to ‘set sail’ on our sea kayaking voyage around the Chichagof Island! Our adventure starts when we hop on a charter plane in Juneau and fly on over to Gustavus, Alaska. In Gustavus, we’ll grab our kayaks and take a boat shuttle to the Idaho Inlet of the Chichagof Island at which our paddling shall commence! For five days we’ll paddle from incredible campsite location to incredible campsite location, along the way we will most likely see Humpback whales! While we’re out there, we’ll also learn all the skills and practices we need to make it through the backcountry in comfort, such as backcountry cooking, minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass skills. On our final day, we’ll again rendezvous with our boat shuttle and float our way back to Gustavus. From Gustavus we’ll fly back to Juneau to shower, do laundry and ready ourselves for the next leg of our expedition. Finally, we’ll hop on a ferry from Juneau to the wonderful little town of Haines; traveling along the pristine waters, we’re sure to see dozens of bald eagles, whales, and possibly some seals!

Day 8-11

Our next adventure takes us to Davidson Glacier where we’ll spend the next three days scaling its glacial cobalt ice! As we all ascend up the vertical and near vertical walls, we’ll learn the proper techniques of vertical ice climbing, glacier travel, and constructing anchors. And once we’ve climbed all the vertical feet we care to, we’ll head back to Haines via float plane for showers and laundry. While we’re there, we’ll also do some shopping in preparation for our next section, backpacking in the Yukon wilderness.

Day 12-17

Making our way back to Haines we will begin our five-day excursion into the Yukon wilderness. As we begin our hike we’ll be treated to an awesome view of the Icy Strait and its neighboring mountains, an extraordinary view certain to be a hike favorite. On our third day, we’ll venture over the alpine passes where we will be able to look back into Alaska from our campsite in the Canadian wilderness. As we proceed, it’s interesting to know that we’ll be following the very footsteps of the miners who traveled to Klondike.

Day 18-19

Before our adventure in the land of the midnight sun draws to a close, we won’t be able to resist sinking our paddles into the legendary whitewater of the Blanchard River! Our day on these exhilarating class III rapids are sure to open your eyes, and get your heart pounding a little as well. Under the guidance of professional instructors, we’ll savor this last amazing activity before we turn our attention to the close of our journey.  Haines is the first stop on our journey back to Juneau where we will conclude our adventure together.

Day 20-21

From Haines, we’ll take the ferry back to Juneau. There we will gather for our traditional, and delectable, end of trip banquet. A perfect way to end our days together, we’ll all get to hang out one last time and reminisce about our incredible expedition. The next day, we’ll all unfortunately have to depart for our homes. It’s a day of tough good-byes, that are eased by the knowledge that you’ve made friends and memories for a lifetime.

Day 1-2

Arriving in the Juneau airport, you’ll truly be awe-struck to see such a unique location. A town clinging to the snowcapped hillsides, Juneau rests right on the shoreline next to the vast blue sea. As you enter the airport, you’ll be greeted promptly by your Wilderness Adventures leaders as well as your fellow trip-mates. Your feeling of anticipation of the incredible experience you are about to embark on will be mirrored on simply because everyone that surrounds you is overflowing with excitement and enthusiasm. From the airport, you’ll head out to your first campsite only a few minutes away. A great night, and a great way to start your trip, we’ll spend our time learning to sett up our tents, playing games, having a blast getting to know each other and letting it sink in that we’ve just arrived in Alaska!

Day 3-7

After taking care of all the preparations the couple of days before, the time has come for us to ‘set sail’ on our sea kayaking voyage around the Chichagof Island! Our adventure starts when we hop on a charter plane in Juneau and fly on over to Gustavus, Alaska. In Gustavus, we’ll grab our kayaks and take a boat shuttle to the Idaho Inlet of the Chichagof Island at which our paddling shall commence! For five days we’ll paddle from incredible campsite location to incredible campsite location, along the way we will most likely see Humpback whales! While we’re out there, we’ll also learn all the skills and practices we need to make it through the backcountry in comfort, such as backcountry cooking, minimum impact camping, as well as map and compass skills. On our final day, we’ll again rendezvous with our boat shuttle and float our way back to Gustavus. From Gustavus we’ll fly back to Juneau to shower, do laundry and ready ourselves for the next leg of our expedition. Finally, we’ll hop on a ferry from Juneau to the wonderful little town of Haines; traveling along the pristine waters, we’re sure to see dozens of bald eagles, whales, and possibly some seals!

Day 8-11

Our next adventure takes us to Davidson Glacier where we’ll spend the next three days scaling its glacial cobalt ice! As we all ascend up the vertical and near vertical walls, we’ll learn the proper techniques of vertical ice climbing, glacier travel, and constructing anchors. And once we’ve climbed all the vertical feet we care to, we’ll head back to Haines via float plane for showers and laundry. While we’re there, we’ll also do some shopping in preparation for our next section, backpacking in the Yukon wilderness.

Day 12-17

Making our way back to Haines we will begin our five-day excursion into the Yukon wilderness. As we begin our hike we’ll be treated to an awesome view of the Icy Strait and its neighboring mountains, an extraordinary view certain to be a hike favorite. On our third day, we’ll venture over the alpine passes where we will be able to look back into Alaska from our campsite in the Canadian wilderness. As we proceed, it’s interesting to know that we’ll be following the very footsteps of the miners who traveled to Klondike.

Day 18-19

Before our adventure in the land of the midnight sun draws to a close, we won’t be able to resist sinking our paddles into the legendary whitewater of the Blanchard River! Our day on these exhilarating class III rapids are sure to open your eyes, and get your heart pounding a little as well. Under the guidance of professional instructors, we’ll savor this last amazing activity before we turn our attention to the close of our journey.  Haines is the first stop on our journey back to Juneau where we will conclude our adventure together.

Day 20-21

From Haines, we’ll take the ferry back to Juneau. There we will gather for our traditional, and delectable, end of trip banquet. A perfect way to end our days together, we’ll all get to hang out one last time and reminisce about our incredible expedition. The next day, we’ll all unfortunately have to depart for our homes. It’s a day of tough good-byes, that are eased by the knowledge that you’ve made friends and memories for a lifetime.