Experience: 17 years, over 200 tours, over 2,000 happy customers!
Less strenuous than our purely bicycling
tours, our Alaskan Adventure
Tour combines half days of bicycling (average 30 miles) with
canoeing, hiking, sea kayaking, a spectacular drive across the
Denali Highway and an awesome glacier cruise across Prince William
Sound. Seven day, seven night package includes all meals,
lodging, Cannondale Bicycle, glacier cruise, canoes and sea kayaking
at Shoup Glacier .
After breakfast in Anchorage, we get in the van and soon leave all
vestiges of the city behind us. We cross over the Knik and
Matanuska Rivers, skirt the Talkeetna Mountains and head north
toward Mt. McKinley and Denali National Park. The Alaska Range
now looms to our left, dominated by Mt. McKinley, at 20,320
feet, the largest mountain in North America. We start our ride
at a Denali Viewpoint. We
eat lunch at Hurricane Gulch, a deep cleft in the side of the
mountains. We continue riding along the Chulitna River for
several miles, then suddenly turn across the river.
The road quickly rises to tree line for a long glide
across Broad Pass. The mountains surround us on three sides with
Mt. McKinley on our left. Our ride ends at Cantwell, where we
hop in the van for a twenty minute ride to dinner and our
cabins. Total bicycling, 39 miles.
explore the Denali Highway, taking our time to make stops to enjoy
the mountains, view wildlife, and explain the signs of glaciation.
We ride the bikes for about 15 miles along one of the most scenic
parts of this unpaved highway, then proceed to McClaren Ridge where we hike
toward the massive peaks and glaciers of the Alaska Range. The
a lake-studded ridge high above the treeline. Total bicycling, 15
At the Tangle River Inn we pick up paddles and head out onto
the Tangle Lakes in canoes! The placid lakes take us far back into
pristine wilderness populated by caribou, moose, and bear, as well as a
host of exotic birds. After lunch, we bicycle the twenty paved miles
of the Denali Highway. The entire ride is well above tree line,
with sweeping vistas of the nearby Alaska Range, and far off to the
south, the magnificent snow capped volcanoes of the Wrangell Mountains.. Total
bicycling 21 miles.
After breakfast we visit the ice age as we hike up
Phelan Creek in the Alaska Range to its source at the face of
Gulkana Glacier. If conditions allow, we continue right
up onto the glacier! In the afternoon, we bicycle from the
Alaska Range into the Copper River Valley. We
eat dinner near the base of the Wrangells at the historic Gakona
Lodge (Est. 1906). Total
A hop in the van takes us past the
Wrangell Mountains to Stuart Creek, where we mount our bikes and
wind our way up the Tsaina River toward Thompson Pass. On the way,
we view Worthington Glacier, only yards from the road!
Thompson Pass is only 2,678 feet, but far above treeline, and the
views from here are truly spectacular. Don't forget your camera! We
now drop 2500 feet in six miles into the Lowe River Valley. We ride
through the vertical rock walls and numerous waterfalls of Keystone
Canyon. Just across the river is Bridal Veil Falls, over 700 feet
high! We spend the night in Valdez across the bay from the Trans -
Alaska Pipeline Terminal. Total
bicycling distance 33 miles.
Day 6: Sea
Kayaking! We climb aboard a water taxi for a ride through Prince
William Sound to Shoup Bay, where we
begin this scenic journey. Shoup Bay offers the full spectrum of wildlife with seals,
otters, bald eagles and sometimes even whales! Over the course
of the day we will paddle past floating icebergs, past a nesting
colony of Black Legged Kittiwakes, and right up to the face of Shoup
Glacier! We enjoy a picnic lunch with a spectacular glacier
view. At the end of our paddling we are picked up by motor
boat for the ride back to Valdez.
We wake up early and board a ship of the Alaska Marine
Highway for an unforgettable trip across Glacier studded Prince
William Sound. We usually see
sea lions, otters, and porpoises, and about half the time we have a
chance to see whales. We
leave the ship in Whittier, drive UNDER the Chugach Mountains to
Portage, and then continue on to our farewell in Anchorage.