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Alaska Wilderness Lodge near Homer Alaska


Lodge Activities

From mild to wild, Hideaway Cove Lodge offers a variety of activities for all ages and energy levels. Hiking trails leave directly from the lodge, and guests can choose guided or self guided activities.

Activities at the Lodge.....self-guided

World Class Hiking at your doorstep:
Guests have direct access to the following destinations, (hiking times are one way) :

  • Glacier lake, one hour; easy to moderate
  • Glacier river hand tram, 2 hours; easy to moderate
  • Remote beach combing, 3 hours; moderate
  • Touch a Glacier, 5 hours; challenging
  • Alpine tundra, 3 hours; moderate to challenging
  • Salmon stream, 4 hours; moderate to challenging
  • Beach combing, one hour; easy
  • Forest loop hike, one hour: easy

Wildlife viewing:
The surrounding forests, mountains, and ocean are home to moose, black bear, bald eagles, sea otters, seals, porpoise and whales. Lodge guests have a great opportunity to see our resident eagles, otters, seals and porpoise. Keep an eye on the shoreline during dawn and dusk, you may see a foraging black bear. See our guided trips for specialty wildlife day trips.

 
Photography:
The lodge sits in an incredible location. The post-card scenery is some of the finest in the world. Wildflowers galore. In addition, there is a glacier lake just a one-hour hike from the lodge.
 
Birding
Birders love the location of the lodge, which gets visits from sea birds and forest dwellers. Spruce Grouse, Northern Three-toed Woodpeckers, varied thrush, olive sided flycatchers. Want to see more? Take a guided birding tour on Kachemak Bay.
 
Beach Combing

The tides are truly impressive at Hideaway Cove- the second-highest tidal range on the planet-fluctuating as much as 28 vertical feet every 6 hours! The greatest tides occur at the full moon and new moon phases. At these very low tides, you can discover a hidden world of sea stars, chitons, mussels, anemones, tube worms, and colorful kelp. Lucky beach combers may see octupus, crabs, and eels in the tide pools.

Near-shore fishing
Hideaway Cove offers complimentary fishing poles for guests wanting to fish off the dock or shoreline. Guests can also enjoy near shore fishing from a classic aluminum row boat . 

Row the peaceful shoreline in a row boat
Guests can row along the protected shoreline in either our Walker Bay or Classic aluminum row boat. Evenings are a great time to explore the shoreline.

Rent a kayak and explore
Because of insurance stipulations, use of the lodge kayaks are limited to guided trips only.  Experienced kayakers wishing to kayak “on their own” can rent kayaks by the day from nearby outfitters and have them dropped off at the lodge.   See other kayak options below.

Berry Picking
From mid-summer on, there is lots of berry picking! Blueberry, Raspberry, and Salmonberry to name a few.
 
Relaxing in the lodge
The unique, spacious yurt is a fine place to sit by the fire, read from our alaskan library,  journal your adventures, or simply enjoy the views.
 
Enjoy the seaside deck
Soak into a rocking chair as you watch for wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking views across the water. 

Hike the hillside
Our observatory sits 200 feet above the water. Simply enjoy the views, enjoy the peace and quiet, or get creative with our complimentary art supplies.

Soak in the sauna
Relax and treat yourself to our authentic, wood-fired sauna in the evenings.  Many guests follow their sauna with a salt-water plunge into the cove!   
 
Sit by a campfire
Share stories and memories at the fire pit.  Enjoy a great view of the sun setting on mile-high mountains as you listen to the fire crackling.

Play a game of Ping Pong, Chess, or Scatergories....throw the Frisbee or football
The lodge has an assortment of indoor games, as well as a large lawn area for your enjoyment.
 
"Everything about our time here was perfect!"-- Kevin, British Colombia

 Guided Activities at the Lodge

Guests interested in guided adventures, first look at our lodge packages

Glacier Kayaking and Hiking: 7  hours, moderate
 (included in all lodge packages)

Experience a different kind of "rush hour" as you kayak among icebergs in a pristine glacier lake behind the lodge. This fully-guided tour includes a narrated hike through virgin coastal forest, kayaking on the lake, and lunch stop overlooking the face of this nearly mile-wide glacier. $150/person 

 


Guided sea kayaking, 1-hour paddle, easy

Enjoy a short paddle trip along the sea cliffs and sea caves of Kachemak Bay State Park. Perfect for those who may want to give kayaking a try, in the company of a friendly, helpful guide. This is a perfect after-dinner activity. $30/person/hour


Fly-out Brown Bear Photo Safari, bears guaranteed! 7 to 8 hours, easy to moderate
(Included in all Bear-viewing and national park packages)

Enjoy a spectacular bush-plane ride as you fly past volcanoes and glaciers to Katmai National Park, accessible only by sea or air. Katmai National Park has the largest concentration of Brown Bears (Grizzleys) on the planet!  Spend the day in the company of trained guides, observing, photographing,  and learning about the Alaskan brown bear (at a safe distance of course!!). $749/person



Near-shore wildlife cruise:   2-3 hours, easy

This is a great opportunity to view and photograph our favorite local wildlife– endearing sea otters and nesting bald eagles. Keep an eye out for black bears on the beach, and lucky guests may see whales.  Your experienced captain will take you by gull island, home to 20,000 nesting sea birds.  Watch for puffins!  $95/person



Birding tour by boat:  2 hours, easy

A must-do tour for all birders!  Join Captain Stolfus, a resident birding expert, on a local birding tour of Kachemak Bay.   Captain Stolfus has been plying these waters for 30+ years, showing birders the largest rookery in the area and finding them such species as Kittlitz's Murrelets,Aleutian Terns, Red-faced Cormorants, horned and tufted Puffins, Harlequins,  Oystercatchers, Storm Petrals, and many others. Time observing these unique species isunhurried.  $125/person


Float plane glacier adventure: Trip lengths vary, easy to moderate

An experience of a lifetime! Your "Bush Pilot" picks you up at the lodge followed by a jaw-dropping flight through the Kenai Mountains and alongside glaciers and waterfalls.  Keep an eye out for mountain goats scaling the cliffs, moose in the lowlands, and black bear foraging the meadows.   Tour options include landing on a remote glacier lake to explore and photograph a glacier up cloase, or landing on a remote lake and hiking back to the lodge with a guide.  1-hour tour: $275/person,   1-hour tour plus glacier-lake landing $375,   1 hour tour plus guided hike out $375/person


Helicopter Glacier Landing Tour: 1 hour,  easy

Get a birds eye view of the massive Grewingk Glacier behind the lodge.  Few will ever see such sights from the air, and fewer yet will experience such a unique experience as walking on a glacier.   $375/person


Halibut Fishing: Full-day or Half-day, easy to moderate

Popular and predictable,  Halibut fishing here is the best in the world. Trophies weigh 100 pounds or more with the average fish between 25 to 50 pounds and very fine eating.  All fishing gear, bait, and guide provided.  Processing, packaging, freezing, and shipping is additional.   Bring your catch to the lodge and we will cook your catch!  
Full-day $399/person,   Half-day $199/person


Kayak Fishing: 3-4 hours, easy

Embark into Halibut Cove looking for rock fish, flounder, cod and pollack.  Although catching a fish from a kayak is rather unorthodox, it is a fun way to get out on the water and see what may take the bait!    $125/person


Hideaway Cove Wilderness Lodge
3 Moose LLC

P.O. Box 1317 · Homer · Alaska · 99603
Toll free 1.888.503.7160
E-mail: hideawaycovelodge@gmail.com

 

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