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."

If you are traveling to multiple destinations in Alaska, you may want to store some of your extra bags at the park entrance luggage storage.  The cost is approximately $5 per bag, per day, and checking extra bags will allow for more space in your cabin or room at Camp Denali and North Face Lodge.  While the accommodations are extremely comfortable, they do not offer an abundance of space for unneeded baggage. Our driver naturalist guides can direct you to the luggage check when you meet them at the train depot.

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

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.


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(907) 683-2290

for reservations and availability


Reservation Information

Space is still availabe at Camp Denali & North Face Lodge for 2014 & 2015! Start planning your Alaska vacation today.