Walking backwards while talking is useful for leading a tour, demonstrating a moonwalk, or retreating from a room full of ominously staring toddlers. See the reverse saunter put to good use with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a guided rainforest hike from The Ascending Path in Girdwood (up to a $79 value). Hikes depart from Hotel Alyeska at 8 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 5 p.m. daily from May to September.
Certified by the American Mountain Guides Association, the local pathfinders at The Ascending Path whisk nature lovers through the lush Girdwood rainforest, an environment filled with flourishing greenery, Alaskan animals, and engaging botanical knowledge. The two- to three-hour, 5-mile trek winds through Winner Creek Trail’s mix of manageable and rugged paths, allowing both novice naturalists and experienced hikers to frolic with indigenous wildlife or pick fights with slumbering Keebler elves. The adventure traverses smooth routes cut through vibrant greens, unpaved lands sprouting mammoth mushrooms, and rugged cliffs deluged by crashing water in the Winner Creek Gorge. Maintaining a small number in each wayfaring herd, the informative guides flexibly adapt routes and knock-knock jokes to fit the needs and interest of the group.
The Ascending Path outfits hikers with all necessary rain gear and quells hunger with a nourishing snack; however, adventurists should bring appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear.
1000 Arlberg Ave.
Girdwood, Alaska 99587