Why book your Alaska Hiking Adventure with Denali Trekking Company?

Denali Trekking Company has been in continual operation since 1984. Every year we have been in business, we have added quality to our operation. Experience is the key in perfecting your product. The benefits to you, for our two decades of guided hiking experiences, are my guides and I operate a well-oiled machine and our guests enjoy interaction with knowledgeable and savvy outdoor adventure professionals.

Our guests become our friends. Fostering this relationship is our company standard. When you arrive at our home and base of operations, you will feel like you are joining a circle of friends, all preparing for an adventure. Enthusiasm is contagious. Camaraderie develops easily. We share a critically important common thread. We are all advocates for the Alaskan wilderness.

The Alaska wilderness is vast. There is a lot out there to enjoy and a lot to understand. Denali Trekking Company strives to learn, comprehend and develop best-practice techniques for harmonious backcountry traveling in the Alaskan wilderness. These valuable skills, that you will employ on your trip, remain with you for as long as you visit remote areas on the planet. Hands on…. Boots on…. Get It On!

What about the cost?

The quality standards practiced by Denali Trekking Company in every facet of our business makes our hiking adventures an unsurpassed value. From the very first time you contact us, you will be pleased with our prompt and courteous replies. We understand the difficulty in selecting a company for a wilderness adventure in Alaska. There are lots of choices but with no other will you develop as trustworthy a relationship as with the folks at Denali Trekking Company.

This is what separates us from the competition

The areas where we operate our guided trips host the most diverse species of wildlife and wildflowers that you can find in any one location across the entire state of Alaska.

The following safety features are standard practice for Denali Trekking Company: Every camp is equipped with a satellite phone, a ground-to-air radio for communication with aircraft and a cell phone.

Every camp is equipped with a comprehensive First-aid kit. We consulted mountain rescue experienced physicians when designing our kits. Every guide is familiar with the contents of these kits and can modify them to meet any circumstance. Every guide in the field is a certified Wilderness First Responder or similarly trained.

We try to fly over every group in the field at the mid-point of their trip. These early morning visits have become quite the unique treat. Guides communicate any needs or desires to me. I pass on forecasts and weather information, location of Grizzly Bears and other wildlife seen in the area and information important to the safety and success of the adventure. I see a hundred smiles from my cockpit every summer!

Our guest satisfaction is the highest in the industry and it is due in part to these check-up flights.

Our trips are not low budget; however, there are no hidden costs. The price you pay includes your flights into and out of the mountains. Transportation to Talkeetna from Anchorage and overnight accommodations in Talkeetna are very affordable. Be sure when you make comparisons with other companies, you investigate these costs. We definitely check our competition and we are 100% satisfied that you will not find a better deal in North America!

For every type of trip we launch, Denali Trekking Company has developed a Plan B and a Plan C in the event that alternatives must be chosen. If the weather is sour when it comes time to fly out to our primary destination, we can fly to another. If flying is out of the question, we can drive to a trailhead that twists off the road system to offer some great challenges and superb hiking. Living and working in Alaska over the past 36 years and our 25 years in business have allowed us to develop extraordinary itineraries; all geared for the best adventures possible and all include optional scenarios!

Talkeetna has been our home since 1977. The village is easily accessible from Anchorage because of the highway, airport and railroad link to our doorstep. Costs for ground transportation are reasonable and simple to make reservations. There are a wide variety of places to stay in Talkeetna, from fine to funky. The town buzzes with activity all summer and visitors are treated as locals. After your adventure in the mountains there are scenic flights, excellent salmon fishing, rafting adventures and a village waiting to be explored for your enjoyment. I’d be glad to help make arrangements for any side trips.

Alaska’s Finest Hiking Adventures

Denali Trekking Guides

Our guides are home spun wilderness travelers with an unquenchable thirst for adventure. Each guide possesses unique skills for enjoying the best that the Alaskan wilderness has to offer. Some are expert fly fishermen, others are talented bird watchers or semi-professional photographers and they all are gifted with keen eyes for observing wildlife. Their skills have been developed through the experience of repeated trips in remote wilderness where you must rely on your intelligence and knowledge to be safe and secure and have the greatest adventure possible. As the owner of Denali Trekking, I am very proud of the men and women who work with me to produce the highest quality hiking trips found anywhere in North America.

Remote hiking and camping techniques will be developed while traveling with our guides. These skills will be very useful wherever, whenever you are traveling alone or in the backcountry. Knowledge comes through experience and in sharing this experience you’ll meet some of the finest guides in Alaska. You will find them courteous, thoroughly knowledgeable and always enthusiastic. Everyone has an awesome time in the mountains with us. Our guides consistently tally the highest scores in our Post Trip surveys.

Alaska Hiking and Trekking with Denali Trekking Company

Best Hikes in Alaska

Denali Trekking Company offers a variety of hiking experiences in pure Alaskan wilderness where the only access is by airplane. Our hikes span all skill levels and experience levels. We have beginner hikes that are easy, moderate hikes for folks that have some limited experience and challenging hikes that may be considered hard or difficult for anyone other than experienced wilderness travellers.

The easy hikes we offer take place in magnificent wilderness settings, a thousand feet above the boreal forest. They are staged out of one of our base camps. The camps are very comfortable. We use the highest quality tents, have cots for each guest and foldable chairs for wildlife viewing, mornings and evenings. The surrounding terrain in our base camps are nothing short of spectacular. These base camp hikes have included families with small children, grandparents with grandchildren, novices eager to learn basic wilderness hiking skills and hikers just wanting a taste of walking in the wilds of Alaska.

Moderate hikes can combine a base camp with a cross-country overnight hike into country that would not be available without shouldering a backpack, hiking into a distant valley and setting up a spike camp. Again, the finest mountaineering equipment is issued and available to every hiker.

Denali Trekking Company’s signature wilderness adventure is the seven day Odyssey Trek. This small group excursion is for experienced hikers and campers. You will fly deep into mountainous terrain with hanging glaciers and jagged peaks. It is some of the most photogenic topography you will encounter in your entire life. After setting up camp, we take a half day romp with a very light pack to get accustomed to hiking without established trails. The following morning, we break camp, buckle up our backpacks and begin the long traverse of mountain passes and tundra carpeted alpine valleys on our way back towards civilization. There isn’t another hike available anywhere in North America with the same quality, wildlife viewing opportunities and exploration potential. Everyday is an exciting adventure for the men and women hiking our Odyssey Trek. Our most experienced guides thoroughly enjoy these trips. They are simply awesome.

Day Hikes in Alaska, Easy and Magnificent

Starting in 2019, Denali Trekking Company will be offering day hikes. These hikes start with an orientation at our home and base of operation. Afterward, we’ll drive to our departure point, Christiansen Lake in Talkeetna and fly out to one of our many superb destinations.

Day hikes require each person to have high quality boots, a backpack for rain gear, camera’s, water bottle, hiking poles (if preferred), extra warm gear like a “puffy” jacket, and a warm hat. Lunch and snacks will be provided by Denali Trekking Company. Mosquito repellent, first-aid kits and air horns are also provided.

These hikes take place in pure Alaskan wilderness where the only access is float-equipped aircraft. We can accommodate up to four people for this special offering. Email, text or call for details.

Day hikes need to be confirmed with a minimum of seven days advanced notice. Email: info@alaskahiking.com Cell phone: 907-350-4455

What to Wear Hiking in Alaska

Wilderness hiking in Alaska requires being prepared for extreme weather conditions. The temperatures in the mountains can fluctuate from a low of 40 degrees to a high of 80 degrees and those extremes can occur inside a 24 hour period.

Most of our hiking trips take place between May and October with the summer months of June, July and August hosting the lions share of outings. Clothing selection is critical to comfort. It includes everything from your outermost layer of down, to the boots you lace up each morning.

Let’s start with your hiking boots. There is not another piece of equipment that you will bring to Alaska that’s as important as your footwear. Over the years, options have improved considerably. Leather boots with thick, lug soles are almost obsolete. Boot manufacturers have dialed in on the need for light-weight, durable, somewhat breathable, somewhat water-resistant footwear. Every company out there makes a wide assortment in their attempts to accommodate the multi-variety of users.

Even in the hiking world alone, there is quite a variety and a good reason for it. Hikers that walk on groomed trails need different equipment than the pure wilderness trekker who often encounters rocky, uneven terrain. Your boots are for protection but they also need to be comfortable and sturdy when carrying a backpack. This is true whether you are day hiking with a light load or carrying a heavy backpack on a cross country trip.

Like most tools and equipment, you get what you pay for. Do yourself a huge favor and purchase high quality boots. Denali Trekking Company suggests that you have a minimum of 50 miles of hiking in the boots you are going to wear during your trip with us.

Socks, the cushion between foot and boot, is also essential for comfort, protection and avoidance of blisters, the bane of all hikers. We recommend having a fresh pair of socks for each day you will be in the mountains. Years of experience have taught us that a combination of wool and synthetic fabrics make the very best socks for hiking.

Top quality rain gear is right up there with boots for being essential equipment on a backpacking trip to Alaska. We highly recommend a two piece system; hooded jacket and pants. These garments also serves as wind protection, bug protection and that perfect added layer for retaining body heat in tough conditions.

Every multi day hiker in Alaska should have long underwear, tops and bottoms, in their backpack. A “layering clothing system” has become the norm for outdoor enthusiast, regardless of pursuit. When you wake up to the sound of rain drumming on your tent, nothing quite offsets discomfort like a pair of thin, dry undergarments. Warmth will hug you like your best friend.

Outer layers should include lightweight, durable pants, a sweat-wicking breathable shirt, a warm jacket and some type of “puffy”, the outermost layer in every system. We prefer to have our guests bring a synthetically filled jacket as opposed to a down jacket. Down, when wet, looses most of it’s heat retaining properties. Synthetic-filled jackets are not near as sensitive.

Other essential items for your wilderness backpacking trip include a very warm hat, light-weight gloves and a pair of fly-weight camp shoes; even flip-flops work just fine. I always bring a pair of shorts and a tee shirt or tank top depending on forecasted weather conditions.

Is it Safe to Hike in Alaska? Bears, Wolves, Moose and Behavior Around Wildlife

I have been living, working and guiding hikers in Alaska for over 40 years. Although there have been several close encounters with wildlife, including grizzly bears, black bears, wolves and wolverine, all potentially dangerous Big Game animals, I have never been attacked or harmed in any manner. The same is true for each and every one of my hiking guests since we founded our business many, many years ago.

This fact is not attributed to luck. It is due to our behavior and diligence around the animals that live in the habitat we are visiting. Every hiker has a strong desire to observe wildlife during their traverse of the Alaska wilderness. It is absolutely essential that you understand that the animals you see are wild. This is not a walk in an animal park. This is not Denali National Park, where animals are so habituated to humans that they pay little attention to buses passing within 20 yards. No, our hiking trips are conducted in pure wilderness and respect for the welfare of every animal we encounter is our highest priority.

Each group of hikers is equipped with two, fully-charged air horns to signal our presence should the wind be unfavorable for detection. We have rarely used our air horns and only when the guide has determined that it was absolutely necessary for the safety of our hikers and the animals we are observing.

Our objective is comfortable observation. We tread softly, we talk softly and we do everything we can to minimize the impact of our presence. No group of nature guides has ever done more on behalf of reducing wildlife encounters than the well-trained men and women working for Denali Trekking Company. Our flawless record is undeniable proof.

Alaska Hiking Tips

In order to maximize the wilderness experience for our guests there are a few tips that we would like to share. The very first consideration should be your physical condition. You do not need to be an elite athlete to enjoy the Alaskan wilderness. However, we do encourage all our guests to be comfortable walking 4 to 5 miles a day.

Hiking in pure wilderness means there are no trails. There will be a few times when we can walk on game trails. Smaller passes and ridge saddles is where they are often found and sometimes we get lucky as caribou hug one side of a valley and the repetition of their hooves on the tundra create narrow paths. However, for the most part, we are picking the line of least resistance while hiking in the alpine tundra.

There are tussocks, grass and moss covered rocky areas and plenty of damp bogs lined with beautiful wildflowers. We are often picking our way through the tundra to avoid heavy brush along streams or really wet areas. You can’t prepare for this type of terrain, but if you arrive in good condition, you will have a much easier time negotiating the obstacles that are part of hiking in Alaska mountains. This is another reason why high quality boots are key to a good hiking experience.

There are a few equipment additions to consider. A mosquito head net, does not weigh much but provides excellent protection from flying insects. I always brining along good reading material. I enjoy relaxing and reading at night and sometimes early in the morning. A book is terrific company if you are weathered in. Every where I go I bring binoculars. I thoroughly enjoy glassing for wildlife and finding them! I am also an avid birder and need my binoculars to make positive identification of many of the tundra nesting migratory birds. Over the years we have identified about 40 species that nest in the alpine taiga above the highest reaches of the boreal forest.

Additional Things To Do in Alaska

Besides wilderness hiking in remote areas where we conduct our hiking trips, there are some wonderful hiking opportunities that can be accessed by driving to trailheads. The Chugach Mountains around Anchorage have many walking and hiking trails carved into them directly adjacent to ample parking lots. Denali State Park, Hatcher Pass State Park, the Resurrection Trail off the highway to the Kenai Peninsula are just a few of the many hiking opportunities available as well.

Besides hiking, there are other adventurous activities that offer fun and excitement. River rafting is very popular. South central Alaska has some incredible white water options for the thrill seeker but there are also many other rafting trips that are mellow and relaxing. Glacial rivers outside mountain terrain are often slow and meandering. They have fairly good possibilities to see wildlife, especially beaver, eagles and the occasional black bear or grizzly fishing for salmon.

Sportfishing for rainbow trout or salmon is also very popular with guests visiting Alaska. We also recommend a visit to the Alaskan coast. With few exceptions, the coastline of Alaska is where mountains meet the sea. The viewable wildlife here is often spectacular. Whales, seals, sea otters, brown bears, mountain goats and thousands of birds are often seen during small boat or kayak excursions anywhere in Prince William Sound.

There are several seaside towns of interest. Homer, Seward and Whittier come to mind immediately. For the avid sportsman, no trip to Alaska is complete without booking a halibut fishing charter. Every seaport in Alaska offers opportunities to harvest one of these delicious bottom dwellers.

Alaska is a wonderful land with a tremendous variety of options to consider for exploring our natural world. The friendly folks at Denali Trekking Company are happy to share their stories and their ideas of the best options to consider in addition to your fantastic wilderness hiking adventure. We look very much forward to meeting you this summer!