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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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This trip is rated as moderate as it’s a full day of adventure and sightseeing. You travel via kayak 5 miles to Caines Head North Beach, which takes roughly an hour to hour and a half depending on your group. After you land and your guide stashes your boats, you begin hiking to Fort McGilvray. It’s just over 2 miles to the top (5 miles round trip). With a 650-foot elevation gain.  The trail is well maintained and is set in the stunning Chugach Forest.


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

  • Water bottle
  • Rain gear
  • Synthetic or wool layers
  • Comfortable shoes for hiking
  • Lunch and snacks.


We provide all the necessary kayaking gear like life jackets, light and easy to use paddles, spray decks to keep your legs dry, very stable tandem kayaks, and all the necessary safety equipment.

Before each trip we provide a short orientation on sea kayaking and safety, so everyone is comfortable before we hit the water!


Be sure to pack comfortable shoes that could get wet, and good layers. There is plenty of storage in the boats for spare layers, and other items if packed into small bags around 25 oz. Each guest also gets a dry bag to use during the trip if needed. Reach out if you have questions about gear.

Bringing a Camera? We use sit-in kayaks for this trip, you can have your camera around your neck or in a dry bag.

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