Your adventure will begin with a 1.5 hour drive from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula on the Seward Highway, named an All American Highway and a Scenic Byway. The Seward Highway is alive with spectacular Alaskan scenery and wildlife. Journey alongside the Turnagain Arm, rivers, lakes and a glacial fjord, through rainforests and snowcapped mountain passes, past glaciers, and into stunning beauty all along the way.
Set in the Chugach National forest near Hope Alaska, Six mile Creek is a run for whitewater enthusiasts desiring the highest difficulty level in a guided whitewater trip. Dropping over 50 feet per mile as it flows out of the Chugach Mountains, Six mile Creek has cut its way through three separate canyons.
Rising over 300 feet in places, towering canyon walls are draped in a lush carpet of old growth rain-forest with cascading waterfalls pouring in from the sides. Crystal clear water with healthy salmon runs make this a river runner’s dream. Safely running Sixmile’s narrowly constricted passageways takes a coordinated team effort with technical and precise paddling. Working closely with your guide, you’ll be paddling while (s)he handles the oars. This oar paddling combination gives you power when you need it, as well as precise maneuvering capability. Everyone paddles with the guide sitting in the back giving paddle commands. Sixmile has such an abundance of whitewater that one rapid will quickly fade from memory as you anxiously look down river preparing for the next. Precipitous drops, thundering hydraulics and powerful waves follow one after the other in quick succession. With each succeeding canyon, we’ll encounter whitewater of increasing difficulty. Wi th rapids known as “Staircase,” “Suckhole,” “Merry-Go-Round” and “Jaws,” the third and most difficult canyon has six rapids rated at Class IV+ and Class V. We offer two choices on Six Mile Creek. You can do the Class IV Two Canyon Run or the Class IV and V Three Canyon Run.