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Caines Head Adventure – Full Day

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Paddle & Hike in Caines Head! 

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. We paddle out from Miller’s Landing, landing at the original Fort McGilvray dock. From there, we begin our Alaskan hike, complete with an exhilarating 650 feet of elevation gain in 2 miles through the beautiful temperate rainforest.

Atop you find a gorgeous view of the Gulf of Alaska, Harding Gateway, and the Barrier Islands of Resurrection Bay! Bring a headlamp or flashlight to explore Fort McGilvray and have a snack at the gunning embedment before heading back down the trail for a fun kayaking adventure to Miller’s Landing.

We recommend you bring lunch and water with you on this trip.  This is a great trip for folks who are looking for a fun yet semi-challenging adventure in Resurrection Bay. In total, you will be paddling ~10 miles and hiking ~4 miles; this trip is best for ages 12 and up.


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     Ending Time

  Meeting Place



7:30 am

Plan to arrive at 7:30 am to check in, park, and get ready. The trip will start at 8 am

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3 pm

Expect to be back at Miller’s landing around 3 pm. This time can change depending on water and wind conditions.

Meet at the main office, 13880 Beach Drive Seward, AK. Check in early to meet your guide and even enjoy a cup of coffee on our porch that overlooks the water

Age Requirements




What to Bring



We require a minimum age of 12 years old to take this trip



On this trip, you will kayak 10 miles and hike 4 miles. Be prepared to be physically active during the whole trip. If you’re not comfortable hiking and paddling all day, we have easier trips that we can set you up with!  


Be sure to pack comfortable shoes for hiking and kayaking, lunch or snacks to enjoy after the hike, and comfortable layers for being outdoors



More Information

  • Get a panoramic view of the Gulf of Alaska.
  • This is a full day of paddling and hiking, check out our Caines Head 3/4 Day Paddle, which features a water taxi back to millers from Caines Head Beach. A fun and relaxing way to end this paddling/hiking trip.
  • $120 per person (on sale from $179 per person); Use discount code Caines Head Full to get $59 off per person!
  • Watch for whales, eagles, sea lions, sea otters, mountain goats, black bears, and Dall’s porpoises!
  • Paddle past driftwood ghost forests from the 1964 Alaskan earthquake.
  • No experience needed, all gear and instruction provided.
  • Please note: All participants paddle tandem kayaks. This paddle is appropriate for children aged 12 and over.
  • Gratuities are not included in the original sale price. A suggested 20% guide tip is greatly appreciated! (Suggested tip $15 to $25/person)


Start your morning by meeting your guide, getting geared up and ready to paddle along the coast to Caines Head State Recreation Area.

From there we paddle past Tonsina Beach, where salmon spawn (when in season), and view the beautiful yet mysterious ghost forest remains from the ruins of the 1964 Alaskan earthquake. We continue on to Caines Head State Park. Paddlers often see eagles, sea otters, sea lions, and sometimes mountain goats, black bears, and orca and humpback whales.

Hike up to Fort McGilvray through the stunning Chugach National Forest, admiring the blankets of moss and picking berries late summer. Then you will find yourself at the entrance of the WWII bunker. Hopefully you brought your flashlight because it’s dark inside. Enjoy lunch (not provided– please pack one along!) with a view of the bay then hike back down to the beach where we landed.

We retrace our steps and paddle back to Miller’s Landing, watching for wildlife all along the way.

This paddle is ideal for those wanting to paddle, hike, and explore all that Resurrection Bay has to offer. No sea kayaking experience is necessary; however, be prepared to be active all day.

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