This mountain fortress supports populations of Dall sheep, caribou, grizzly bears, moose, wolves and other wildlife. We fly into a high alpine lake in a small bush floatplane and explore the surrounding mountains and glaciers, while the Alaska Range spreads out as a backdrop. You won't believe the scenery is real!
We backpack over the mountains and tundra, camping by teardrop-shaped alpine lakes, pausing to explore and take day hikes without our packs. The walking is moderately challenging, yet infinitely rewarding. Long days and mild temperatures make this one of Alaska's best alpine treks.
Day 1: Meet in a.m. in Talkeetna. Fly by floatplane from Talkeetna to the Talkeetna Mountains, landing on a small alpine lake nestled in the mountains. Set up camp and explore. (L) (D)
Day 2: Explore surrounding mountains with daypacks. (B) (L) (D)
Day 3: Begin backpacking west, ascending a ridge and descending its steep back side, to camp by a deep blue alpine lake. (B) (L) (D)
Day 4: Continue backpacking, traversing a valley known for its caribou. (B) (L) (D)
Day 5: Rest/dayhiking day high on a ridge overlooking the Alaska Range. (B) (L) (D)
Day 6: Continue backpacking towards alpine lakes. (B) (L) (D)
Day 7: Arrive at alpine lake. Pick-up by floatplane, scenic tour and back to Talkeetna. (B) (L)
Trip can be 5 to 7 days, depending upon the group's interest.
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