By Anna Hider
Kenai Fjords National Park is not for the faint of heart. The chilly temperatures, rocky terrain and glacial ocean and creek water make it ideal for adventurous daredevils who want to challenge themselves. The kayaking, rafting and hiking are perfect for the experienced, risk-taking thrill junkie; read on and find out why Kenai Fjords is the most extreme National Park!
1. Exit Glacier
Some parts of Kenai Fjords are still stuck in the Ice Age- the park is covered in glaciers. You can actually hear the glacier groaning as it slowly inches forward, reshaping the landscape!
2. Clam Gulch
Clamming may not sound as exciting, but these aren’t your average shellfish- they’re razor clams! These tricky buggers, which can be found in abundance around Kenai Fjords National Park, burrow deep in sandy beach areas- but be careful when digging them up; they’re called razor clams for a reason!
Kenai Fjords National Park is also home to some extreme wildlife. From killer whales to bald eagles, Alaska is perfect for catching a glimpse of these rare beasts. Try taking a boat tour to see as much as possible!
A hike through an ice field- it even sounds extreme! This trail is over 8 miles, and with each mile comes 1,000 feet of elevation- but the view at the end is totally worth it!
Unless you’re an experienced kayaker (or you just want to make sure you get the full Kenai kayak experience), it’s probably best to hire a guide. Sunny Cove offers kayaking experiences for all levels of experience, from beginner day trips to extreme 5-day excursions.
Take a van from Nenana Rafting to Kenai’s 6-Mile Creek, which features sections known as “Staircase,” “Suckhole,” “Merry-Go-Round” and “Jaws”, and plenty of class IV+ and class V rapids- not for amateurs!