What to Pack

Mountain weather is quite unpredictable. Throughout our operating season, from early June through early September, temperatures can vary from lows around freezing to highs in the mid 80s. Our naturalist-guided hikes explore Denali's trail-less backcountry rain or shine.  As the saying goes, "There's no bad weather, just the wrong clothing."

Our Pre-Trip Planning Packet is a great resource as you prepare for your stay.

Essential gear:

  • Hiking boots: over the ankle, well broken-in

NOTE: Hiking is mostly on trail-less terrain or primitive trails. Conditions may include gravelly or boulder-strewn ground. Running/walking shoes are not recommended for the hikes. Even if you only participate in leisurely walks, well broken-in hiking boots are important for your comfort and safety.

  • Rain gear: lightweight, good quality jacket and pants (for rain and/or wind)
  • Hat and gloves: wool or fleece
  • Warm layers: mid-weight wool sweater, fleece vest or fleece jacket
  • Shirts: short and long-sleeved
  • Pants: light weight, quick-dry & breathable for hiking
  • Underwear: light polypro top/bottom
  • Binoculars
  • Day pack
  • Extra camera batteries

Optional wear:

  • Casual clothes for around the lodge
  • Hiking gaiters to keep moisture and debris out of your boots
  • Bathing suit for a dip in the pond or Moose Creek

Available to borrow:

  • Day packs
  • Water bottles
  • Head nets
  • Walking sticks
  • Gaiters
  • Fishing gear
  • LL Bean pack boots (good for wet conditions; not for steep or rocky terrain)
  • Mountain bikes/helmets
  • Canoes/paddles/PFDs
  • Rain jackets & pants

Available for purchase:

  • Hats, gloves, socks
  • Clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Books and field guides
  • Postcards
  • Quality binoculars

Note: We do not take credit cards. Please plan to bring cash or check to pay for your purchases.


(907) 683-2290

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Reservation Information

What is the difference between Camp Denali and North Face Lodge?

Read our FAQ page to find out more!