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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 and land 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.

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.  In total, you will be paddling ~10 miles and hiking ~4 miles; this trip is best for ages 12 and up.


  • 7:30 a.m. Check in to office for parking pass and to sign necessary forms
  • 8 a.m. Meet guide, get outfitted for paddle
  • 8:15 a.m. Warm-up exercises, safety briefing
  • 8:25 a.m. Depart for paddle
  • Paddle to Caines Head and hike 4 miles round-trip to Fort McGilvray
  • Depart for Miller’s Landing. This trips generally returns to Miller’s Landing around 3 p.m.

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Be prepared to be physically active for the entirety of this Seward kayaking and hiking trip. If you’re not comfortable hiking and paddling all day, we have easier trips that we can set you up with!

  • 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 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.

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. From there, 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.

Bring your hiking boots! From surf to turf, we begin our 2-mile hike to the top of Caines Head to view the historical WWII remains of Fort McGilvray. Bring your camera! The panoramic view of Resurrection Bay alone leaves you speechless.

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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