Alaska Tours – Trips by Category
A listing of trips by type, and also order of intensity, easiest to most challenging.
A trip in backcountry Alaska is probably going to be more difficult than what you’re used to. The terrain, more than mileage and elevation gain, makes the world of difference. I’ll repeat that: ”the terrain, more than mileage and elevation gain, makes the world of difference”. So don’t think about miles and feet gained/lost.
That being the case, “trip ratings” are even more subjective than ever. What one person finds challenging another might have no problem with at all. Walking over glacial moraine, for example, or talus, is something some people find easy and have no problem with, while other people really, really struggle with that.
The other reason it’s difficult to set a rating like this is has to do with how customizable these trips are. A trip from Skolai Pass down the Goat Trail to Wolverine, for example, can be a 3 day mission, going hard, and walking directly from A to B. It can also be an 8 day exploration, with shorter days hiking, and more time spent dayhiking and exploring along the way. There are going to be different route options for virtually every hike we do, which makes it impossible to say “this hike is a 7″.
Most of these hikes can also be basecamps, rather than backpacking a loop or a point to point hike. So it’s not set in stone at all. With that caveat, I’ll organize the trips here in a couple of different ways, that might help you more easily find what you’re looking for.
Front Country Trips
Backpacking Trips & Tours
- Arrigetch Peaks
- Iceberg – Bremner
- Bremner – Tebay
- Kuskulana – Kennicott
- Samovar Hills – Malaspina Glacier