What to Pack

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 such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.”

Essential gear:

  • Hiking boots: over the ankle

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, 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
  • Long Underwear: light polypro top/bottom
  • Binoculars
  • Day pack

Optional items:

  • 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
  • Extra camera batteries
  • Pack cover


Available to borrow:

  • Day packs
  • Water bottles
  • Bug 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
  • Bear spray

Available for purchase:

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

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


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