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Private Half-day Hikes (4-6 hours)
1 Person $300
2 People $350
3 People $450
Each additional person $75 (up to 6 max)

Private Full-day Hikes (8-12+ hours)
1 Person $400
2 People $450
3 People $575
Each additional person $100 (up to 6 max)


Alaska Resident & Military Discount: Parties with at least one Alaska resident or active duty military personnel receive a 10% discount. (ID required.)
Add $40 per person for professional adventure portraits. (Full-size digital files delivered via web download after your hike.)
Receive a discount when you also book an Aurora Borealis Photography Tour. (Please inquire.)

All tours are private and involve no technical rock or ice climbing. Maximum group size 6; special arrangements must be made for larger groups up to 10. Children are welcome on tours but there is no youth discount; see age recommendations in difficulty ratings below. Full payment is required to reserve a tour. A 50% cancellation fee is charged when reservations are canceled at least three days in advance. No refunds are given for cancellations made less than three days in advance. For complete tour policies and more tour information, see the Black Rapids Tours FAQ.


Difficulty Ratings are assigned to each route as follows:
Easy: Minimal elevation gain, under 5 miles round-trip, suitable for people of average fitness and kids about 7 and up
Moderate: Significant elevation gain (1000-2500+ feet), longer mileage and/or rugged terrain requiring good fitness & agility, suitable for kids about 10 and up
Difficult: High elevation gain (2500-5000 feet), high mileage and/or steep/rugged terrain, suitable for tough kids about 12 and up

Please contact me if you have questions about the difficulty of a particular route. Keep in mind that hiking on unimproved trails & off-trail in Alaska is much more difficult than hiking on a maintained trail. In rugged terrain our average hiking speed may be 1 mph or less. A 1000 foot elevation gain can be challenging for those who don’t hike or climb much even if they are otherwise in good shape. Also, inclement weather can make hiking more challenging, especially at higher elevations. Many routes don’t feature a specific endpoint, and how far we travel always depends on your preference and stamina. Most of these hikes require a good level of fitness and experienced hikers will find plenty of interesting and challenging options. You may change your selected route anytime before your tour starts, and I may suggest exchanging routes based on weather and other factors.


Boulder Peak

Follow a sheep trail to amazing views of Mt. Silvertip and Jarvis Glacier.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Difficult (full-day)


Whistler Ridge

Experience views of colorful cliffs & craggy rock spires.

Difficulty Rating: Difficult to Very Difficult (full-day only)


Grizzly Creek “Trail”

Great views of the Hayes Range and Black Rapids Glacier, and the easiest route to views of the Jarvis Glacier valley.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Difficult (full-day)

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Gulkana Glacier

A long but simple hike to Gulkana Glacier with scenic views.

Difficulty Rating: Easy (half-day); Moderate (full-day)

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Rainbow Ridge

A long, uphill climb leads to amazing views of colorful Rainbow Ridge.

Difficulty Rating: Very Difficult (full-day only)

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Devils Thumb

Alaska bushwhacking at its best (worst) leads to a giant rock outcropping with scenic views.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (full-day only)


Castner Glacier

The easiest hike to a glacier available in the Alaska Range. For those who enjoy punishment, hike over the rugged moraine looking for cool glacial features, or hike all the way to the “intersection” of the three branches of the glacier.

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate (half-day); Moderate to Difficult (full-day)

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Bear Creek “Trail”

A rough trail leads above tree line to beautiful views of the Hayes Range, the Delta River valley and Bear Creek below.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Moderate to Difficult (full-day)

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Canwell Glacier

Hike along a rough trail beside Canwell Glacier for a few miles, then explore the hillside above the glacier or roam around on the moraine looking for cool sights.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Moderate (full-day)


Michael Creek “Trail”

Follow a trail into the alpine. Majestic views of Mt. Silvertip, the Delta River valley, and Jarvis Glacier.

Difficulty Rating: Moderate (half-day); Difficult (full-day)


Scenic Mountain Creek Hikes

Hike along one or more scenic mountain creeks looking for cascades, waterfalls, animal tracks, beautiful views and more. Great for those seeking a rugged Alaska wilderness hike without much elevation gain.

Difficulty Rating: Easy to Moderate (half and full-days)