Haines, Alaska, US
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Bring the family for an Alaskan wilderness adventure on the Takshanuk Mountain Trail. Take the wheel of a 4x4 Kawasaki Mule and join a friendly and knowledgeable guide for a journey through spectacular views of mountains and forests, including a panoramic view from 1,500 feet above sea level.
A short bus transfer brings you to the Takshanuk Mountain trailhead, located in the heart of the Tongass National Forest.
Your guide will demonstrate how to operate the Kawasaki Mule, an automatic transmission, 4x4 utility vehicle that is used to traverse the six-mile round trip trail through some of the most pristine forest in Alaska. The mules are equipped with seat belts for up to five guests, are easily accessible and have storage for extra supplies and equipment. The excitement begins as you turn the key.
Watch for bears at your first stop as you enjoy a snack of fresh-baked cookies and hot chocolate at the lodge. As you venture on, take advantage of the magnificent photo opportunities including crystal-clear mountain streams, a cascading waterfall, a scenic alpine lake, and hopefully the occasional eagle or bear.
At the sub-alpine meadow, you will encounter a panoramic view of Lynn Canal, Chilkoot Lake and the many snow-capped mountains that make Alaska so famous.
On the way down, stop once again at the exclusive mountaintop lodge to enjoy a warm fire, stunning views and a home-cooked halibut and chicken lunch made just for you.
After you've relaxed by the fire, make your way back down to the trailhead to climb aboard the Takshanuk Trail bus. Enjoy a short tour of Historic Haines and Fort William H. Seward as you return to the ship.
Please note: Driving the machines is based on availability. Guides do their utmost to ensure individuals who would like to drive have the opportunity to do so. Minimum age to drive is 21 years; bring your driver's license. Pregnant women and guests with back problems or any other medical conditions should consult with their physician before participating in this excursion. Vegetarian meals are available with 24 hours' notice. Maximum weight is 300 lbs.