What to bring on your hike
(and what not to)
WHAT HIKE ALASKA PROVIDES
We will provide daypacks, water, lunch and snacks, trekking poles, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. Winter tours will include microspikes, snowshoes (if applicable) and warm drinks. Warm layers not provided!
All other items are the responsibility of the guest. If you need any suggestions on items to bring give us a call or email.
Don't forget your camera and a pair of sunglasses if it's sunny!
Being prepared is a must while hiking, and one of the most important things for you to bring is proper footwear. We would prefer if you brought hiking shoes with good ankle support, but at minimum please bring sneakers. Please keep in mind it rains A LOT in Alaska; muddy trails are always a probability while hiking and we cannot guarantee your shoes will be clean or dry at the end of your trip.
While not essential but still important, good, non-cotton clothing is recommended. Besides cotton holding in your sweat, trails can get narrow and dew or rain covered underbrush likes to creep into the path, which then soaks into clothing and before long you are soaked and bogged down - and only half way there. We recommend synthetic materials such as spandex or polyester, or natural fabrics such as wool, as they are quick drying. As elevation increases the temperature generally drops and the wind picks up, and no one wants to be wet and shivering at the top of a mountain! Layers that can be added or removed is recommended especially for longer hikes. We will have spare ponchos for rain, but recommend you also bring a rain jacket. Shorts or long pants are up to you, just keep in mind that locals jokingly refer to the mosquito as our state bird! Pants will go a long way in staving off bites. We do provide bug spray and sunscreen.
Hike Alaska has a strict no firearms policy, regardless of any legal licensing that allows the carrier to do so. This includes in the vehicle while transporting you to and from the activity. If found with a firearm you will be escorted from the hike and back to the vehicle until the conclusion of the tour. We understand you may feel the need to use a firearm to protect yourself from a bear mauling, however we believe few people are trained to handle the discharge of a weapon properly and effectively under such stressful conditions. This policy is for everyone’s safety. Guides are trained in the use of bear spray and other non-lethal deterrence methods.
We have a strict no pet policy. Service animals are welcome, however be aware that the trail you booked might be too hard for him/her. If you are unsure you can always give us a call and we would be happy to help.
Drone usage is prohibited under the Chugach State Park regulations.