Guided tour

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

Activity provider: Go Hike Alaska
Guided tour

From Anchorage: Valley and Forest Hike with Naturalist Guide

Activity provider: Go Hike Alaska

From US$ 149 per person

Embark on a hiking trip from Anchorage to Chugach State Park's Eagle River trail. Explore the area’s boreal forests and salmon spawning streams while surrounded by breathtaking views and scenery.

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Duration 5 hours
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Immerse yourself in nature, wildlife, and fresh air on a valley and forest hike
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of towering vistas with endless photo opportunities
  • Learn about Alaska's forests and glaciated valleys from a naturalist guide
  • Get the chance to view salmon, bears, moose, birds, and other roaming animals
  • Discover Barbra Falls, one of Chugach State Park's most memorable waterfalls
Full description

Marvel at the wonders found in one of the Chugach State Park's fondest, glaciated valleys. On this guided tour from Anchorage, hike the Eagle River trail system, where boreal forests and salmon spawning streams are found. Enjoy snacks, bottled water, and optional trekking gear.

The first portion of the hike takes you to the network of forested trails found at the Eagle River Nature Center, nestled deep along the north fork of the Chugach State Park's massive Eagle River.

The hike features a portion of the historic Iditarod dog sledding trail that’s no longer in use. That means there won't be any dogs giving you a ride on this adventure ─ just your two feet.

Onward, reach through thick spruces and birches while keeping an eye out for wildlife. You may see the American dipper swimming in a tributary warmed by geothermal heat or a moose and small mammals like the snowshoe hare or red fox.

For the second portion, take a short ride to the Chugach State Park's waterfall, Barbara Falls. This section is a short half-mile walk that features local plants, fungus, and point-and-shoot photo opportunities around every corner. It's super rewarding and a great way to conclude the tour.

  • Transportation from downtown Anchorage
  • Guided hike
  • Day packs (available upon request)
  • Trekking poles (available upon request)
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with respiratory issues

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Meeting point

The meeting point is in front of the Egan Center. There are parking garages in the area if you need them.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Weapons or sharp objects
  • Drones

Know before you go

  • No experience is required, but you should be able to walk at least 6 miles on flat pavement or 5 miles of uneven rolling terrain over the course of 4 hours. You should also be able to balance well and feel comfortable walking in slippery conditions with the assistance of microspikes. Some parts of the trail are steep and hilly
Customer reviews

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5 /5

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July 22, 2022

Rebecca was a great guide, really friendly, knowledgable about the great nature we were walking in. We were only 3 people, left early, had nice weather. Great start to our Alska trip! Thanks Rebecca

June 25, 2022

Positiv: kleine Gruppe und nette Guides, Jacob and Brit. Hole hätte ruhig länger sein können, da es doch einiges an Fahrzeit bis zum Park war. Leider keine Bären oder Elche gesehen.

May 23, 2022


Product ID: 410788