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Caines Head Adventure Full Day

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Caines Head Adventure Full Day

Kayak to North Beach of Caines Head from Miller's Landing & Hike to historic Fort McGilvray! This fantastic World War II defensive structure is located at the top of Caines Head, as part of the Caines Head State Park Recreation area. Paddle out and land at North Beach, home of the best skipping rocks in Resurrection Bay, and start your hike up! 2 Miles along what used to be a Jeep road, and 800' of vertical gain later, find yourself snapping pictures of a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Alaska, Harding Gateway, and Barrier Islands of Resurrection Bay! Look for spouting whales and have a snack at the gunning placement before heading back down the trail to your waiting kayaks and a fun paddle back to Miller's!

ITINERARY: Caines Head Full Day Paddle (8:00A)
A. 7:45A check in to office for parking pass and to sign necessary forms
B. 8:00A meet guide, get outfitted for paddle
C. 8:15A warm up exercises, safety briefing
D. 8:25A depart for paddle
E. Paddle to Caines Head and hike four miles round trip to Fort McGilvray
F. Depart for Millerís Landing
Please Note: All clients will paddle tandem kayaks unless otherwise discussed with the guide preceding the trip. This paddle is appropriate for children ages twelve and over. This paddle/hike is approximately 6-7 hours in length. 

  • Get A Panoramic View of the Gulf of Alaska
  • $120 per person (on sale from $179 per person)
  • Use discount code: "Caines Head Full" to get $59.00 off per person!
  • Watch for whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, black bears, Dall's porpoise!
  • Paddle Past Driftwood Ghost Forests from 1964 Alaskan Earthquake
  • No experience needed, all gear and instruction provided.

suggested tip $12.00 to $18.00/person

This paddle is a full day paddle leaving from Miller's Landing. We paddle by Tonsina Creek where salmon are spawning (when in season) and a beautiful driftwood "ghost forest" remains from the ruins of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. Traversing further we pass Bridal Veil Falls, a beautiful cascading waterfall. Paddlers often see eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and sometimes mountains goats, black bears, orcas and humpback whales. From there we continue on to Caines Head State Park.

Then we take a 2 mile hike to the top of Fort McGilvray to view the historical ruins of World War II and take in a panoramic view of the Gulf of Alaska and historically spooky gun emplacements and army bunkers. 

It's a 2 mile hike back down to the beach and a paddle back to Miller's Landing, watching for bald eagles, sea lions, sea otters, black bear, mountain goats, and sometimes orcas or humpback whales... 

This paddle is ideal for those wanting to paddle and hike. No experience is necessary.

To check FAQ and what things to bring on your day trip check this page.

Cancellation Policy:

  • A $10 cancellation fee is imposed for all reservations cancelled.
  • Cancellations must be received by email only to The cancellation notice date is the date the email was received at  Phone cancellations will not be accepted.
  • Cancellations received by email 30 days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a refund of 90% of the total amount of the reservation.
  • Cancellations received by email 15 to 29  days prior to the first day of the reservation are charged a $10 cancellation charge and you  will receive a 75% refund. of the total amount of the reservation.  
  • Cancellations received by email 14 days to zero days prior to arrival are charged a $10 cancellation fee and you will receive a 50% refund only if we are able to rebook  your camping, cabin, fishing, kayaking, watertaxi, shuttle, lunch, or  activity.   If we are not able to rebook your reservation then no refunds will be issued and you.  You must call or e-mail Miller's Landing post date of cancelled stay in order for us to research whether or not your site booked. Sites that were booked of course qualify for the 50% refund, sites that were not unfortunately do not. 
  • In some situations a raincheck worth 75% of your reservation may be issued at the discretion of Miller's Landing management instead of the applicable cancellation charge.  If this option appeals to you please suggest this at the time of cancellation. . Rainchecks are good for one year and may be used for activities, camping or lodging owned by Miller's Landing or towards the cost of hats, tee shirts, gifts, etc. sold in the Miller's Landing store or items sold online.  For items purchased online the customer is expected to pay for the cost of postage. Rainchecks may NOT be transferred to another person.
  • A 100% refund will be issued for any activity that was cancelled due to weather by Miller's Landing. Miller's Landing reserves the right to determine weather cancellations. Rain does not constitute cancellations.

Please note:  Miller's Landing encourages only guaranteed prepaid reservations. Unlike many other states, Alaska has  a very short tourist season which can make it  difficult for us to rebook when we have cancellations without ample notice.  

If you are booking a charter and lodging and your charter , water taxi or kayaking is cancelled due to weather you are still responsible for the lodging or camping reservations and the normal cancellation policy applies. All of our activities are possible during rain, so rain does not constitute a cancellation.  Miller's Landing is not responsible for vehicle break downs, personal emergencies, flight delays,  health issues or other unforeseen hardships.  We will try very hard to work with you but the cancellation policy will need to be applied  if we cannot issue a raincheck or find an alternative solution that appeals to both parties.

Please understand that Miller's Landing also incurs a hefty financial merchant fee from our bank  for the cost of charging your credit card and again for the cost of refunding it, and there is also a cost involved for the time involved in processing and refunding your reservation in employee costs. Our goal when taking your reservation is to have a solid, guaranteed prepaid reservation. We strongly discourage the practice of making reservations without having an airline ticket or making tentative reservations.  Thank you for your understanding.