Henry David Thoreau Memorial Celebration Week in Seward, Alaska

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 12:30pm
Kenai Fjords National Park, 24620 Herman Leirer Rd, Seward, AK 99664

Celebrating the world wide celebration of the birth of Henry David Thoreau.

July 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th summer of 2017


Hikes are available by reservation:  

$69.00 ea + tax (2 person minimum for trip)

Solos may add to existing trips


  • Please call to reserve the trip above, trips are limited to 12 persons per group. July 8th, 9th, 12th, 15th, 16th summer of 2017.

  • Rain gear and hiking shoes recommended, trekking poles available for rent.


Join Adventure Sixty North with Doug Capra one of Alaska's published historians and lecturers hiking the lower trail at Exit Glacier. Walk and listen to Doug talk about Thoreau and the human and natural history of the Kenai Fjords, as we celebrate the influence that writer Henry David Thoreau had on many of the famous writers and artists who came to Alaska. We hope that you too join our celebration hike as the world celebrates the birth of Henry David Thoreau!

About Your Guide: Mr Doug Capra

On July 12, 2017 -- the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau -- join writer and historian Doug Capra for a Henry David Thoreau Memorial Hike of the lower Exit Glacier trails in Kenai Fjords National Park. Doug came to Alaska 45 years ago. After retiring as a teacher, he spent nearly 20 years as a ranger at Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ). For several years he was the Lead Ranger at KEFJ and the ranger supervisor at Exit Glacier.The only Alaskan who is a Life Member of the Thoreau Society, Capra studied at Concord, Massachusetts under Walter Harding, author of The Days of Henry Thoreau, considered the definitive biography. Harding was also one of the founders of the Thoreau Society. Capra is the author of The Spaces Between: Stories from the Kenai Mountains to the Kenai Fjords. He has written forewords for two books by American artist Rockwell Kent, Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska, and Northern Christmas, and is under contract with Wesleyan University Press for a new book titled That Infinite and Unfathomable Thing: Rockwell Kent’s Alaska Wilderness -- scheduled for publication in 2020, the centennial of the publication of Kent’s book, Wilderness. Capra has also written a play about Kent titled And Now the World Again, planned for a 2020 production.


During the summer of 2017, Capra will also present a program, From the Maine Woods to the Last Frontier: Henry David Thoreau in Alaska. He’ll discuss the influence Thoreau has had on prominent writers and artists who came to Alaska, including Robert Service, John Muir, Jack London, and Rockwell Kent, and others.

About the hike:

This walking hike is not an ice hike and travels some developed black top surfaces and also some gravel and natural paths to the  overlook where the  toe of Exit Glacier can be viewed.