Turquoise Kayak and Hike
Lake Clark National Park

Turquoise Kayak and Hike - Lake Clark National Park

Guarded by 8,000’ peaks to the east, and endless tundra to the west, Turquoise Lake is nestled between Telaquana Lake and Twin Lakes, in the heart of Lake Clark National Park.  This 7-day adventure gives anyone looking for an all-inclusive wilderness hiking experience the chance to thoroughly explore one of Alaska’s most amazing and beautiful watersheds; kayaking the turquoise waters, hiking to the edges of mighty glaciers, and exploring the hillsides searching for a glimpse of the many animals that call this place home. Having kayaks at Turquoise Lake allows us to explore hikes at both the east end and west end of the lake, and also provides the flexibility to do morning or evening paddles from camp.  Join Alaska Alpine Adventures for an incredible adventure vacation in the wilderness of the incomparable Lake Clark National Park. 

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will during the camping portion of this trip.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Flight times into and out of the wilderness may also vary based on any number of similar factors. Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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Trip Details

DURATION 7 days
LENGTH 30+ miles
INTENSITY Level 2
SEASON Summer
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorage
AIRPORT Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
bears, sheep, wolves, moose, caribou
Price$3,550
Youth Price$3,550
Great ForFamilies Couples Individuals

We describe this adventure as a kayaking supported hiking trip,  and it is a true classic! As you steal a glimpse of Turquoise Lake from the windows of the floatplane for the first time, you will realize immediately how it received its name, why we keep coming back to this extraordinary place, and why we bring kayaks to fully explore the basin.

What's Included

  • All group gear: Expedition quality tents, group tarp, all cooking equipment & eating utensils
  • All Kayaking Equipment: Inflatable kayaks, life jackets, paddles plus spares, repair kits, throw bags, and dry bags
  • Safety Equipment: Satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit
  • Large, backpack-style drybag for transporting and storing personal gear while on trip
  • Trekking poles
  • Complementary airport transfer
  • Ground Transportation to Merrill Field on Day 1Round trip bush flight transportation from Anchorage to Port Alsworth
  • All necessary float plane flights
  • Lodging on the final night at the Farm Lodge on Lake Clark
  • Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 client to guide ratio
  • All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary
  • Storage for your extra travel items while in the field
Day
1

This morning an Alaska Alpine Adventures representative will pick you up in Anchorage by 8:15.  You’ll start the day with an orientation and gear check at our Anchorage facility before heading to Merrill Field for the flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth, and of the most stunning bush flights in Alaska.   Your guide(s) will greet you when you land, and as you enjoy a delicious lunch along the shores of Lake Clark,  you’ll discuss the adventure and wrap up the trip orientation.  We'll then load into float planes and lift off into the afternoon skies bound for Turquoise Lake – a 40 minute flight to the north of Port Alsworth.   We’ll spend a couple of hours setting up camp at the east end of the lake and assembling our kayaks while we begin the process of absorbing the solitude of this silent wilderness.  After our first gourmet wilderness dinner and home-baked dessert, you’ll have the chance to do an evening paddle on the lake or simply relax on the shore and take in the stunning view. Lunch & dinner included.

Day

After leaving the comfort of your sleeping bag, you’ll sip your preferred morning beverage as your guide prepares a sumptuous breakfast sure to fuel you for the day ahead.  We’ll then strike out for a day of hiking up and into the “grand canyon” of Lake Clark National Park.  Our goal today will be the Turquoise Glacier, via a 6-mile hike up-valley.  As you marvel at the 5000’ walls of the canyon and the waterfalls cascading from distant summits, you'll be left speechless by the surrounding majesty and the vertical relief enveloping you.  If weather, time, and river levels allow, your guide will take you up onto the glacier ice to complete a unique and absolutely Alaskan hiking experience. Regardless, today’s hike will simply leave you in awe and wanting more.  All meals included.  Distance: 12 miles, elevation gain: 1500'

Day

Today we’ll stretch our legs on another amazing hike.  We’ll shoulder day packs and head off to explore another one of the mighty drainages that bring glacially churned waters to the head of the lake.  We’ll practice our river crossing techniques and surely discuss the forces that have shaped this landscape for thousands of years.  All meals included.  Distance: 8 miles, Elevation Gain: 1800'

Day
4

 After a leisurely shore-side breakfast, we’ll break down camp, swap our trekking poles for paddles, and launch our inflatable sea kayaks into the pristine waters of Turquoise Lake.  Kayaking on Turquoise Lake is both awe inspiring and humbling.  As we paddle our way west to our next camp, located on a prominent spit of land on the southwest end of the lake,  we’ll crane our necks to take in all of the amazing scenery and scan the shore and surrounding mountain sides for some of the critters that call this place home.  Our campsite on the spit provides easy access to the tundra country characteristic of the western slope of the Alaska Range.  This is the part of the trip where we’ll really accumulate some hiking miles!  All meals included.  Kayaking Distance: 5 miles

Day

We dedicate our final full-day in the wilderness hiking to and visiting one of the most unique locations in Lake Clark National Park.  A few miles south of our camp, nestled deep in the mountains, is the magical 'sheep lick.' This mineral lick is a favorite haunt for the majestic Dall’s sheep and we'll likely see ewes and lambs frolicking on its incredibly steep slopes.  This valley has also provided us with some memorable wildlife encounters over the years, so be on the lookout for caribou, wolves, grizzly bears, and wolverines as well.   Bound for some to be a trip favorite, this hike is sure to put a satisfying finish atop an incomparable adventure to Turquoise Lake. All meals included.  Distance: 12 miles, Elevation Gain: 2500'

Day

An breakfast of granola and hot drinks will allow us an early start on the final wilderness hike of the trip.  We’ll climb up and over terraces that interrupt the southern shore of the lake, and make our way to Crag Peak; one of our favorite hiking destinations at Turquoise.  From the summit of this rocky peak, we will soak in the awesome panoramic view from our newly achieved high point of the expedition.  Perhaps a bit soon,  the mid-afternoon arrival of the float plane will mark our slow return to the world outside.    Our pilot will return us to Port Alsworth, where we’ll check into the quaint cabins just steps from the beach.   After hot showers and a celebratory dinner, we’ll tally up our wildlife sightings, and try to digest the humbling euphoria of days spent in total solitude.  All meals included.  Distance: 7 miles, Elevation Gain: 2700'

Day

After breakfast at the lodge, we’ll pay a morning visit to the Lake Clark National Park visitor’s center where you’ll have a chance to purchase maps and postcards, share stories with park staff, and enjoy interpretive videos and static displays of Lake Clark life.  We'll then strike out on the last hike of the trip along the park’s only developed trail to Tanalian Falls, a spectacular waterfall along the Tanalian River.  We’ll then board an afternoon charter flight back to Anchorage, marking an end to the adventure.  If you are departing Alaska on this day, please schedule all homebound flights for after 9 pm.  Breakfast & lunch included.  Distance: 5 miles, Elevation Gain: 800'

*While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will during the camping portion of this trip.  The expeditionary factors at play quite often compel our guides to deviate from the written itinerary.  Guide considerations could include weather conditions, group preference, individual ability, specific safety considerations, or unforeseeable circumstances; collectively what many have called “The Alaska Factor.”  Flight times into and out of the wilderness may also vary based on any number of similar factors. Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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