Alaska Alpine Adventures has been guiding backpacking trips in wilderness of Denali National Park since 2010. Of the thousands who backpack in Denali each season, less than 100 get to experience the area surrounding Moraine Lake. Our guided backpacking trips in Denali offer exclusive floatplane access, plenty of challenge, huge mountain views, some time spent walking on a glacier, and the possibility of seeing Denali itself from 17 miles away. As we tell everyone, you can't get any closer to the mountain without putting on a rope!
Moraine Lake is a unique location within the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was created very recently, geologically speaking, as the Backside Glacier receded from the lateral moraine of the Ruth Glacier. Accessible solely by floatplane, the lake is located roughly 20 miles up the Ruth at the confluence of the Backside Glacier and the western lateral moraine of the Ruth Glacier. The Ruth is a valley glacier and begins 3 vertical miles below the peak of Denali (Mt. McKinley). The Ruth Glacier’s famous “Great Gorge”, just around the corner, is one mile wide and drops almost 2,000 feet over 10 miles. Above the Ruth Glacier are towering 5,000 foot tall granite walls. From the top of these walls to the bottom of the Ruth is a vertical distance exceeding twice the depth of the Grand Canyon!
So why come to Moraine Lake? The answer is quite simple - the backpacking around the lake and along the surrounding creeks, valleys, and ridges is absolutely second to none. And if you’re fortunate enough to get to witness Denali (The High One) while on one of your hikes, you’ll understand why we keep coming back to this amazing piece of wilderness! It truly is Denali unexplored.
INTENSITY: Level 3
INTENSITY: Level 2
Price: $2,995 - $3,150