Kayak and Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort in Alaska!

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Seward, US
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Seward, US
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Experience the thrill of exploring a historic World War II army fort in the breathtaking wilderness of Alaska! Embark on an 8-hour paddle and hike adventure to the top of Caines Head, where you'll discover Fort McGilvray, a remarkable defensive structure from the war. After paddling to the original dock, prepare for an exhilarating 2-mile hike with a 650-foot elevation gain. At the summit, soak in panoramic views of the Gulf of Alaska and Resurrection Bay's Barrier Islands. Explore the fort with a headlamp and indulge in a snack at the gunning embedment. Then, embark on a fun kayaking adventure back to Miller's Landing. Keep your eyes peeled for whales, eagles, sea lions, and other wildlife along the way. No experience is needed, as all gear and instruction are provided. Lace up your hiking boots and book this unforgettable Alaska experience now!

About this experience

  • Non Refundable There is no return, refund or cancellation possible with this product
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Self Guided Experience
  • Paddle & Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort
  • Gorgeous view of the Gulf of Alaska
  • Opportunity to spot whales, eagles, and sea lions
  • Paddle past driftwood ghost forests
  • No experience needed, all gear provided
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Professional guide
  • Tour escort/host
  • Local taxes
  • Kayak & associated gear: paddle, spray skirt, life jacket, pump, paddle float
  • Gratuities
  • Rain gear
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

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Experience the thrill of adventure and history come alive with the Kayak and Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort in Alaska! This incredible 8-hour activity takes you on a journey through the stunning Caines Head State Park Recreation area, where you'll paddle and hike to the iconic Fort McGilvray. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Alaska while uncovering the stories of World War II and the brave soldiers who defended this strategic location.

What to expect?

Prepare for an action-packed day filled with excitement and exploration. Your adventure begins with a check-in at the office, where you'll receive a parking pass and sign necessary forms. After meeting your knowledgeable guide and getting outfitted for the paddle, warm up with some exercises and receive a safety briefing. Then, embark on a thrilling paddle to Caines Head, covering a scenic 5-mile distance. Upon arrival, gear up for a 2-mile hike to Fort McGilvray, tackling an exhilarating 650 feet of elevation gain. As you reach the summit, be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the Gulf of Alaska, Harding Gateway, and the Barrier Islands of Resurrection Bay. Explore the historic fort, marvel at the gunning embedment, and enjoy a well-deserved snack before descending. The adventure doesn't end there! Hop back into your kayaks for a 5-mile paddle to Millers Landing, keeping your eyes peeled for wildlife such as whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, black bears, and Dalls porpoise. Paddle past fascinating driftwood ghost forests from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake, adding an extra touch of intrigue to your journey.

Who is this for?

This incredible experience is perfect for adventure enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or new to outdoor activities, this tour welcomes individuals of all skill levels. If you're seeking an immersive journey that combines physical activity, natural beauty, and cultural heritage, this is the ideal excursion for you. Families, friends, solo travelers, and couples can all find joy and fulfillment in exploring the Kayak and Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort in Alaska.

Why book this?

Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Alaska with this unique adventure. The Kayak and Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort in Alaska offers a one-of-a-kind experience that combines the thrill of paddling, the challenge of hiking, and the intrigue of exploring a historic fort. Discover the stories of the brave soldiers who once defended this strategic location, and gain a deeper understanding of World War II history. Not only will you witness stunning natural landscapes, but you'll also have the chance to spot a variety of wildlife along the way. From whales to eagles, sea lions to black bears, each moment brings the possibility of a memorable encounter with Alaska's incredible fauna. No prior experience is needed as professional guides will provide all the necessary gear and instruction. Whether you're an experienced hiker and kayaker or a complete beginner, this adventure is accessible to all. Embark on a journey of physical and mental strength as you challenge yourself and create lasting memories.

Good to know

It's essential to come prepared for a physically active day. This Seward kayaking and hiking trip will require stamina and endurance. If you prefer a more relaxed experience, don't worry! There are easier trips available that can cater to your preferences and fitness level. Don't forget to bring your hiking boots to tackle the two-mile hike to Fort McGilvray. You'll also want to have a headlamp or flashlight to explore the fort's interior. Additionally, remember to pack rain gear and any food and drinks you may need throughout the day. Hotel pickup and drop-off are not included, so plan your transportation accordingly.


Those who have embarked on the Kayak and Hike to Historic WW2 Army Fort in Alaska rave about the experience. Travelers often praise the knowledgeable and friendly guides who provide insightful commentary throughout the journey. The stunning views from the top of Caines Head and the opportunity to explore the historic Fort McGilvray are frequently highlighted as the highlights of the trip. Reviewers also mention the adrenaline rush of paddling and the sense of accomplishment after completing the challenging hike. Many express their gratitude for the chance to immerse themselves in Alaska's natural beauty and learn about its rich history. Overall, visitors leave with a deep appreciation for the unique combination of adventure and education that this tour offers.

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Took a 4 mile kayak through gorgeous mountains. Saw glaciers, starfish, otters, sea lions, and many types of birds. Our guide Ryan took us on a hike to the top of a nearby mountain where we saw old military installations and learned fascinating history. We even ate a local plant called devils club that we found in the wild. Could not recommend this trip (and Ryan) enough!!


My friend and I were a little hesitant because we had never kayaked before, but Emily and Issac were wonderful. They were encouraging, excellent at helping us with tricky waves, and how to make the most of our time in the water. I was really fascinated by the WWII fort. There are so many paths and buildings for storage that are still left. I kept wondering how hard it must have been to haul all the materials up by jeep or small truck, and having to create a wide enough road first! I recommend that you should be in pretty good shape--and not to do any trail riding the next day (that was a mistake after all the steering). It was a great adventure with great guides.


Took the trip with Fred as a guide. He did an amazing job! He sure did his homework- he was very knowledgeable about everything! Made everyone feel safe, pointed everything out, pulled us ashore effortlessly, fed us ....Miller's Landing is quite the place to start your exploration of the Kanai Peninsula! I'll be back!


My wife and I drove to Seward for a Saturday trip. We had long discussed hiking to Caines Head to explore the fort. What always gave us pause was dealing with the tides and risking getting stuck if we didn’t time the tides correctly. When we saw this trip and the idea of kayaking there, we jumped. Jason was an amazing guide. He took the time to make sure we were safe, show us the ropes, and make the day special. I would 100 percent recommend this trip and asking for Jason. We made memories that we will remember forever and this was easily the best money I spent all summer.


Ron was an amazing guide on a beautiful kayak and hike trip. He made the trip interesting and fun, even with limited paddle experience! Highly recommend this tour, especially with Ron as your fearless guide!


We had so much fun with our guide Ron on our paddle & hike & more paddle! He is such a positive and encouraging guide! We had a little bit of all the weather…fog, rain, wind…but no sun! And it didn’t matter because Ron made everything a great experience! I’ve kayaked in a lot of places with a lot of great guides but I’ve never taken the time to write a review until now because Ron was simply the best. Go kayaking with Ron! It’ll be fun!


We had a great trip with Ron as our guide. We were ready for a rainy day but it was gorgeous and only rained a little at the end. Ron was very experienced and had lots of great facts about everything we did. My daughter was super nervous but he put her at ease and she had a ton of fun. We would recommend this company to others!


We did the half a day across Resurrection Bay excursion. Our guide Claire made us feel safe and confident with her experience and knowledge. We saw bald eagles, a playful sea lion, a bear and sea otters.

Laurie K

This was a fantastic trip! It is challenging and so worth it! Our guide was Tobey and she was fantastic! We were able to see sea otter, a seal, and a sea lion. Saw a puffin and baby other sea birds. The hike to the fort was a moderately difficult hike through beautiful rainforest. Lunch was provided - sandwiches made by a local place which were amazing!!! Very well done tour. Not for young children or folks not able to paddle in a kayak for several hours or able to hike a few hours.


Kayak trip with guides Ron and Jackson was amazing . Great tour guides with many facts and details of the region
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