Join our naturalist guides and explore tundra valleys and alpine ridges where you can take time to observe wildlife and learn about sub-arctic ecology.
At Camp Denali and North Face Lodge we specialize in learning vacations for active travelers who seek more than a brief introduction to Denali National Park. If you want to hike Denali’s backcountry, to observe its wildlife, and to understand more about the sub-arctic, we aim to exceed your expectations. Our guides are naturalists and educators, each with a depth of
general natural history knowledge and a particular interest of their own. They are experienced backcountry travelers and skilled leaders. You don't have to be capable of scaling Denali to enjoy our hikes at Camp Denali or North Face Lodge. All you need are good hiking boots, an enthusiasm for walking, rain or shine, and a spirit of adventure.
Each day we offer guided group hikes organized by level of physical activity. Naturalist guides who share their knowledge of the landscape, wildlife and history enrich all hikes. Camp Denali and North Face Lodge enjoy a unique, historic privilege of being able to hike both deep in the park near Wonder Lake, as well as in the park's two-million acre, trail-less Wilderness.
The “Stren” is for guests who want to learn about Denali’s ecology from our naturalist guides while hiking at a steady pace for longer distances and gaining significant elevation. Hikers must be prepared for stream crossings, steep climbs and descents, exposed hillside traverses, scree or loose, rocky footing, and patches of thick brush. Your effort will be rewarded with the extra cookies you packed from our bakery and the exhilaration of personal accomplishment in Denali’s rugged terrain.
4-6 miles, up to 1800 feet elevation gain. All day outing.
Moderate hikes allow guests to travel through a variety of terrain at an average pace. You may traverse trail-less, spongy tundra and bushwack around tundra ponds, rich with birds and wild berries, or climb alpine hills for the reward of expansive lunchtime views. There may be over-the-ankle stream crossings, rocky footing, or unimproved trails in addition to firm, dry tundra. Hikes are led by naturalist guides who interpret what we see and answer questions.
3-5 miles, up to 800 feet elevation gain. All day outing.
Forays are a great option for those who want to spend their day outside with a naturalist guide but have limited mobility. We will operate from a van and take short walks on the gravel park road, on unimproved trails or in firmer tundra, as group members are able. There may be some brush and wet places. There will be ample opportunity to stop and enjoy Denali’s famous views, look for wildlife, photograph, and ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of the sub-arctic ecosystem.
1-3 walks of a quarter to a half mile each. All day outing.