Toll Free Number 1-866-541-5739
Captains Sherrie, Mike, Chance, & Tom Miller
Tel: 907-331-3113 or 907-331-4040
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.
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.
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.