A historical “tour,” for many people, can feel slow: a lot of stop-and-go, and strangely tiring for a small amount of distance. This private, guided walk by a Juneau-based operator, on the other hand, offers a stimulating mix of history lessons, local anecdotes, and a nicely brisk walk—all within the gorgeous scenery of Alaska. And since this is a private tour, you can expect a personalized level of service—a look at Alaska through the lens of your own interests.
Put Down Your Camera
While Adventure Flow sometimes offers photography-based tours, this is one excursion where the guides expressly ask that you not take photos—namely, so that you can be present in the moment and just take in everything. And no worries: Your tour is actually being filmed, and your parting gift is an edited video that you can share with family and friends, and treasure forever.
The 1.25 mile, two-hour tour begins near the Mt. Roberts tram. You’ll hear stories about life in Juneau from years ago, leading up to what it’s like to be in the Alaska capital today. (It’s wheelchair-accessible, too: people in motorized wheelchairs have done very well.) Even though this hike is rated as easy, it still appeals to an adventure-spirited traveler—someone who wants to go a bit off the beaten path, and to see gems of the city that you would likely not discover on your own. And you’ll finish, nicely, with an Alaska beer tasting at the end.
More Private Tour Options
Adventure Flow’s two other hikes include the Rainforests and Waterfalls of Mendenhall Glacier Hike, in which you explore Mendenhall Glacier and the rainforest (and also get a video of your adventure afterward); and the Mendenhall Glacier Adventure Hike, a more challenging, 4-5 mile hike that takes you on a 500-foot climb to sweeping glacier and mountain views.
All of the hikes, though, share some features: the opportunity to feel entrenched within Alaska’s rich and vibrant scenery. And for each hike, you get a headset so that you can hear the guide well, no matter where you are with the group. That attention to detail enhances your appreciation for what you’re seeing: how this city developed, and the memorable history, culture, and personal stories linked to different places.
Going with the 'Flow'
Adventure Flow was started in 2015 by Patrick and Eric, two friends who grew up next door to each other in Montana. Eric had worked in the guiding industry for many years and Patrick was an entrepreneur who wanted a new venture that would take him outdoors. The idea behind Adventure Flow is not just about seeing nature: it’s about really experiencing it, on a few levels. Eric and Patrick wanted to offer a ‘flow’-induced activity—marrying physical activity (like hiking), with the mental stimulation that results from such exercise. So, their tours focus on storytelling. To keep that conversational dynamic strong, the groups stay small (no more than 10), so that you can develop a relationship with your guide, as well as focus on the environment around you.