Kayak and Hike to Deep Blue, Glacially Carved Grant Lake, Alaska

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Moose Pass, US
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Experiences like no other await you on the Kayak and Hike to Deep Blue, Glacially Carved Grant Lake in Alaska. Paddle across Trail Lake and delve into the intriguing history of Moose Pass, where legends of gold miners and the Iditarod Trail come to life. Then, embark on a moderate hike along the Iditarod National Historic Trail, leading you to the mesmerizing emerald waters of Grant Lake. As the vegetation rapidly blooms around you, take a moment to soak in the breathtaking views before enjoying a delicious lunch. But the adventure doesn't end there. Hop back on your kayaks for an unforgettable experience of exploring the area from the water. With the stunning Chugach National Forest as your backdrop, witness the abundant wildlife and pristine landscapes that make Alaska truly remarkable. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of nature and create lifelong memories.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • 6 hours - 7 hours
  • Suitable for 1-5 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Hike to the stunning, emerald waters of Grant Lake
  • Experience the rapid growth of vegetation in wild Alaska
  • Kayak on glacially fed Trail Lake with wildlife sightings
  • Explore the diverse landscapes of Chugach National Forest
  • Snacks
  • Lunch
  • Life jacket(s) with signalling device (whistle)
  • Tandem boat (2 people)
  • Professional guide
  • Paddle(s)
  • Small drybag
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Gratuities

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Escape into the wild beauty of Alaska with an unforgettable tour: Kayak and Hike to Deep Blue, Glacially Carved Grant Lake. This immersive adventure takes you on a thrilling kayak journey across Trail Lake, where you'll discover the rich history of Moose Pass and paddle under the iconic Alaskan Railroad. As you explore the tranquil waters, be captivated by the stories of Alaska Nellie, the ghost of gold miner Al, and the storied Iditarod Trail. The adventure continues with a scenic hike on a section of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, leading you to the astonishing emerald waters of Grant Lake. Along the way, witness the rapid growth of vegetation and experience the untouched beauty of wild Alaska. The breathtaking views from Grant Lake will leave you speechless, creating a truly unforgettable memory.

What to expect?

On this tour, expect a total duration of 360 to 420 minutes immersed in the natural splendor of Alaska. Your adventure begins at the meeting point, conveniently located across Seward Hwy from Estes Bros Grocery, just behind the Moose Pass Methodist Church. Prepare to be enthralled by the fascinating human and geologic history of Alaska, as you paddle across glacially fed Trail Lake, marveling at its diverse flora and fauna. Guided by experienced professionals, you'll gain valuable kayaking skills and knowledge. The hike along the Iditarod National Historic Trail promises stunning vistas as you ascend to Grant Lake, where you'll savor a leisurely lunch. Afterward, kayak once more to experience the area from the water before hiking back toward Moose Pass.

Who is this for?

This captivating experience is perfect for adventurous souls seeking an intimate encounter with the untamed landscapes of Alaska. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a nature lover, this tour caters to all who yearn to explore and appreciate the wonders of the world. From solo explorers and couples seeking romantic getaways to families craving a memorable vacation, this tour offers something for everyone. Step into the shoes of those who braved the treacherous Iditarod Trail and be awestruck by the untouched beauty of glacial lakes. This tour welcomes individuals of all ages and backgrounds, making it an inclusive journey for anyone seeking to connect with the pristine wilderness of Alaska.

Why book this?

Embark on this remarkable tour and discover the captivating allure of Alaska's untamed beauty. The unique selling points of this experience lie in the combination of kayaking and hiking, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the stunning natural landscapes of Trail Lake and Grant Lake. Paddling through the glacial waters, you'll encounter diverse wildlife, including bald eagles, moose, and perhaps even bears. The hike along the Iditarod National Historic Trail grants you unparalleled access to the heart of Alaska, where you'll witness the rapid growth of vegetation in the spring and summer, creating a truly immersive experience. With knowledgeable guides by your side, you'll gain insights into the fascinating history and local stories that make this adventure in Moose Pass so unique.

Good to know

Here are a few details to keep in mind as you prepare for this incredible journey. The tour has a total duration of 360 to 420 minutes, ensuring you have ample time to soak in the breathtaking landscapes. The meeting point is conveniently located across Seward Hwy from Estes Bros Grocery, just behind the Moose Pass Methodist Church. Throughout the experience, you'll have the opportunity to hear captivating stories about Alaska's history, including tales of the Iditarod Trail and Moose Pass. Feel free to bring your camera to capture the awe-inspiring sights. Remember to wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for both kayaking and hiking. Prepare to be amazed by glaciers, forests, rivers, and an abundance of wildlife as you venture into the magnificent Chugach National Forest, one of Alaska's true natural gems.


Travelers who have embarked on this incredible journey have been left in awe of its beauty and immersive experience. Many have praised the knowledgeable guides for their captivating storytelling and expertise in navigating the glacial lakes. The sight of bald eagles soaring above, moose grazing along the shores, and the lush vegetation along the trail have left an indelible mark on visitors. The breathtaking views from Grant Lake have been described as truly awe-inspiring, and the opportunity to paddle across Trail Lake has added an extra layer of excitement to the experience. Reviewers unanimously agree that this tour provides a unique and memorable adventure in the untamed wilderness of Alaska.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Iditarod National Historic Trail

We love sharing our knowledge about Alaska. From it's amazing human history to it's rugged geologic past. Trail Lake is located on the Historic Iditarod Trail and we'll even travel under the Alaskan Railroad. Moose Pass and Trail Lake are located right next to the Iditarod National historic Trail. As a matter of fact, when we can, we love to participate on the trail crew to help restore the original trail for hikers and historians to enjoy. It's a dream of ours to one day see this entire trail hikeable from Seward North, just like when it all started! We've got lots of stories to share about this amazing, important part of Alaskan history.

Moose Pass

This little town has quite the storied past. With one of the oldest schools and longest running libraries on the Kenai Peninsula, a grocery store that was moved across town on logs and a lodge and restaurant that started out as the remote Jockey Club, but once had black lights and a disco ball inside. Well, let's just say, there's plenty of things, people and places to talk about. We can't wait.

Trail Lake

After our general orientation and kayak instruction, we'll spend some time kayaking across glacially fed Trail Lake. Trail Lake has Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and other fish in it's waters and empties into Kenai Lake, which allows for salmon to find their way up through as well! There are often bears or moose along the shores and plenty of Bald Eagles in the area as well.

Chugach National Forest

The Chugach National Forest is a 6,908,540-acre (27,958 km2)[2] United States National Forest in south central Alaska. The Chugach includes extensive shorelines, glaciers, forests and rivers, much of which is untouched by roads or trails. It hosts numerous bird, mammal and marine species, including extensive shorebird habitat and a bald eagle population larger than the contiguous 48 states combined.



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Linda M

This excursion was spectacular. We had so much fun. The views are unbelievable. The area is untouched. We had no problem kayaking and walking the one mile hike to Grant Lake. I have never seen water so blue. Grant Lake is a secret no one knows about. No one else is on the lake. This is a great trip for couples, friends and families. Jen knows so much about the history and made the day very enjoyable. She was great at getting us in and out of the kayaks safely. This was a very special day. We highly recommend it.


I’ve lived in Alaska almost all of my life and I think this is one of the best trips you can do in the state. It isn’t on the normal tourist “itinerary” and it gives you a chance to get into the backcountry and see some amazing scenery…. Away from the crowds! The paddling and hiking isn’t too challenging so I feel like this trip would appeal to a large age range. I can’t recommend this secret gem of an experience enough!


I am in my late 60s, relatively fit, and I had no problems handling the physical challenges of this combination hiking/kayaking trip. It was amazing from start to finish. I am allergic to wheat, and lunch preparation took that into account with no fuss at all. While kayaking on Trail Lake, the guide took us to an offshoot where we saw hundreds of salmon spawning (late August) which was really neat to see. Hints: Bring rain gear if rain is a possibility. Don't avoid the trip if it is raining. As long as you have the correct clothing, the experience will still be awesome. Wear waterproof hiking boots with good socks. This activity made me feel like an Alaskan again after many years of living away from the state I love. It was instrumental in nudging me to take steps to spend more time in the beautiful 49th state. I can't speak highly enough about this adventure. Just make sure you have a good attitude and the right clothing and footwear.


The tour turned out to be so much better than we expected. JD was extremely knowledgeable in the history of the area, wilderness and plant life. The scenery all around was absolutely stunning, especially at the final destination. The trail was a perfect challenge, not too difficult or long. Opting for the kayaking and hiking tour was a fantastic decision - extremely happy with it. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting the peninsula, this has definitely been a highlight of our whole Alaska trip! Thank you!


What a great day. Our guide J.D. was amazing.I was a little nervous as I have only kayaked once or twice. From the beginning until the end he was positive and upbeat. I would have paid double for the service we received. He gave a really helpful lesson on basics of kayaking AND cold water safety training. We had awesome weather and I was really impressed with the condition of the equipment. The paddles were in tip top shape and the boats were one and the same. He helped load and unload without asking. We started with a leisurely one mile kayak and stopped to explore and learned about the history of the town. We hiked an easy mile or so with wildlife to be found. He was very adamant about safety so much as to alarm any wildlife in the area every 2-5 minutes along the way. This put our group at ease being we don’t do actual Alaska wildlife tours everyday. We finally got to find his beautiful camp. Brand new yurt he built by hand. He offered to filter glacier water for us and even had snacks before the second part. The next kayaking leg was already set up for us. The prettiest crystal clear water was right out of a windows screensaver. We set up near a giant waterfall and has lunch. The lunch was pre made sandwiches. He set out 4 or 5 different condiments for the crew and we chowed down. I could have eaten 2 foot of the sandwich. It was fresh with a great crunch. He had been in coordination with my girlfriend and planned the engagement spot for the question to be popped. He took videos of the special moment and was very respectful of their special time. We got back to the kayaking and saw beautiful ribbon waterfalls, water fowl and their babies and even took the scenic route back because we were making such great time. The hike back felt more like making a new friend rather than a tour guide rambling on. In between bear deterent calls, we talked of our travels, our past, our future, and our families. We ended with a handshake and a photo dump of great photos of memories we will cherish for time to come. I always recommend choosing smaller/local businesses and this trip proves why. I cannot wait to do some snow shoeing in the winter or possibly getting back out on the water this summer. Thanks again J.D.


What am amazing trip! After about a mile paddle and a mile hike, we emerged onto a beautiful, secluded glacial lake that was our own private playground to explore the lake, waterfalls, and surrounding mountains in our kayaks. JD was an awesome guide, taking care of all the details and providing commentary about the flora, geography, and local history of such a unique location. Do it!

Jodi M

We had an excellent day with J.D. This is an outstanding adventure for a small group (5-6 people) wanting to spend an entire day outdoors, see the glacial lakes (quite different from the ocean and fjords which we had seen the day previous) and engage in some light hiking. We were travelling with our adult children (in their 20's and quite active/adventurous) while we are in our late 50's (up for a hike and some kayaking but not nearly as active as our kids are!) and we all felt comfortable. J.D. prepared us well with important info before going on the very cold lakes. We followed his guidance, no one fell in, and the hike was the perfect length and level of difficulty for all of us to participate fully. The lunches were delicious and thoughtfully prepared with GF and vegetarian items available. J.D. shared lots of local lore and we had fun hearing stories and history while looking at all the things in nature, from bear droppings to fiddleheads and mushrooms. We paddled enthusiastically but also sat silently on Grant Lake and contemplated the beauty all around us, even in the rain. Moose Pass is not far from Seward and is a great place to extend your visit to that port; it's a chance to get beyond the tour boats and more difficult glacier hiking or sea kayaking. Moose Pass adventures had the life jackets and any other equipment we might have needed. Waterproof hiking boots work well. Water resistant hiking pants adequately kept the paddle splashes off our knees. Total rainwear wasn't necessary even though we had light rain, though in late June we did all wear rain/windproof jackets. Excellent moderate exercise; some mild uphill walking and a fair bit of paddling. A perfect day!


I went with my family to this tour and I can speak for all of us when I say it was a wonderful experience. We had so much fun and learned a lot of the history of mosses pass and seward as well as some vegetation and wildlife. They also provide some lunch and snacks for us. I a 100% recommended! Beautiful views!


This tour was absolutely incredible, and one of the highlights of our trip. It was the perfect combination of kayaking and hiking. Grant Lake is absolutely stunning, the most beautiful place I’ve visited in Alaska. JD was such a great guide and took excellent care of us. He took great pictures of us. And it wasn’t crowded or touristy. The experience felt very special and we could not have done something like this on our own. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!


The trip to Grant Lake starts with a one-mile paddle down the lake to a primitive trail. We used our own canoe and one kayak. My wife hiked it with a light pack and she is in her 60s and 6 weeks out of knee replacement. The yurt was comfortable and easy to keep warm, too warm for a while. Overall a great host, and the place is beautiful, rugged, and remote. There was only a pot and skillet to cook with -- come prepared. We highly recommend this destination.
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