Our Alaska Quest Trips are designed for campers who are ready to expand their backcountry camping skills and push themselves in a safe and fun environment. Due to COVID-19 we are making our Trip sessions 2 weeks, the first week will be a day camp structure at a location. After a week of team building, gear prep, and skill practice campers will head out with our trained and skilled staff on an unforgettable adventure on Alaska’s trails, lakes, and oceans! Specific trip plans and COVID-19 Mitigation plans will be released in 2021.
enrollment open February 9, 2021
Letter from Acadia:
My name is Acadia and I’ve been working at Trailside Discovery Camp for the past three years. In the summer of 2019 I was a Lead Trips Guide, and spent seven weeks of the summer taking groups of campers ages 8 to 14 into the Alaskan backcountry. From spontaneous fireside talent shows on the beach of Nancy Lake to navigating the challenging waters of the Little Susitna river; it was a summer full of adventure! My favorite trip of the summer was backpacking Kesugi Ridge with 12-14 year olds. I remember distinctly on the third day of the trek my fellow guides and I had pushed the campers past their comfort zone, hiking even further than planned to make camp by an alpine lake. I could hear their grumbles and sense them beginning to give up. When we reached the lake we all threw off our heavy packs and had a dance party on the tundra; scaring off any bears with the sounds of Disney songs. We released our exhaustion and frustration and instead celebrated the energy and community we had found along the trail.
I’ve experienced first hand how Quest Trips can push campers to grow in their independence and outdoor skills; and guarantee your campers will make wild memories that last forever. While I now work in management and program development at Trailside, I will never forget the summer of 2019 and the incredible adventures I had as part of the Quest program, and I am so excited for staff and campers to make their own memories in 2021!
2021 Current trips
AQ Water I: Nancy Lake Canoeing:
Join us for a two-week long program focused on canoeing, portaging practice, and learning about lake ecosystems! In Alaska Quest I Water you will spend the first week of the program in Anchorage learning canoeing & water safety skills, as well as creating a meal plan, prepping, and packing group gear. The second week of the program includes a three day, two night canoe trip on the Lynx Loop at Nancy Lakes.
AQ Land I: Lost Lake Backpacking: Join us for a two week long program focused on hiking, backpacking, and leadership skills! In Alaska Quest I Land you will spend the first week of the program learning outdoor skills such as navigation, water filtration, cooking, and first aid; as well as hike along local Anchorage trails! Create a meal plan as a team and pack for your adventure! The second week of the program includes a four day, three night backpacking trip.
AQ II Land: Kesugi Ridge Backpacking:
Join us for a two-week long program focused on hiking, backpacking, and leadership skills! In Alaska Quest II: Land you will spend the first week of the program in Anchorage developing hiking skills, as well as creating a meal plan and packing as a group for your adventure! The second week is a five day, four night backpacking trip in Denali State Park. Explore the Kesugi Ridge Trail and put your backpacking and leadership skills into action.
AQ II Water: Caine's Head Kayaking:
Join us for a two- week long program focused on sea kayaking, camp skills, and ocean ecology! In Alaska Quest II Water you will spend the first week of the program in Anchorage practicing kayaking, water safety, and partner cooperation; as well as creating a meal plan packing for your adventure! The second week of the program will be a five day, four night kayaking trip to Caine’s Head Recreation site in Seward, Alaska. Camp on the beach of Miller’s Landing and explore the tidal treasures and kayak along the shores of North and South Beach!