Exploring the Northern Revelation Mountains
Lake Clark National Park

Exploring the Northern Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park

We first visited the Revelations in 2002, and the place blew our minds.  In 2005, Dan Oberlatz spent 25 days in the range on two different expeditions, including a 90-mile traverse through the gut of the range from the Big River to the Stony River.  In 2009, Dan Oberlatz and Mark Stevens went into the northern portion of the Revelations to complete a stunning packaneering traverse from the Lyman Fork, over 2 glacier passes,  through Sled Pass, and down the Stony River in packrafts.  It was another formative trip for Stevens & Oberlatz, and one they agreed worth repeating!  Though the Revelations are technically outside of the boundary of Lake Clark National Park, you'd never know it.  And you'll still get the full Lake Clark experience with the amazing flightseeing along the trip and one night at our partner lodge on Lake Clark itself.

 *While Alaska Alpine Adventures endeavors to follow our itineraries as written, odds are in fact slim that you actually will.  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.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

 

Trip Details

DURATION 12 days
LENGTH 60+ miles
INTENSITY Level 4
SEASON Summer
MIN AGE 14
BEGINS IN Anchorage
ENDS IN Anchorage
AIRPORT Anchorage International Airport (ANC)
WILDLIFE/
SCENERY
bears, sheep, wolves, caribou, moose

With more guided backpacking & packaneering expeditions into this area than anyone, it's easy for us to say that the Revelations are likely one of the least visited and most spectacular mountain ranges in Alaska. Stretching for over 100 miles, the Revelation Range comprises the westernmost portion of the mighty Alaska Range.

What's Included

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.  After lunch, we'll load into bush planes and lift off into the afternoon skies bound for a small gravel airstrip on the west side of the Revelations.  We'll shoulder our loads and head east up the main fork of the Big River and to our first camp.  After our first gourmet wilderness dinner, we'll sit back and bask in the solitude of this amazing wilderness.  Lunch & dinner included. Distance: 3-5 miles, Elevation Gain: 500'

Day
2

After coffee and our first serving of Neacola Granola, we'll pack camp, and continue eastbound toward the headwaters of the Big River and through the spectacular country below the massive peaks of the Revelations.  This first full-day will allow us the chance to become acquainted with the seemingly endless river bars of the western portion of the range. With tumbling clearwater creeks, rolling hills, sparse vegetation, and huge vertical relief to the east, this part of the Revelations offers some of the best backpacking in the region.  By late afternoon, we'll be camped in the beautiful headwaters of the upper Big River.  All meals included.  Distance: 8-12 miles, Elevation Gain: 1000’

Days
3-10

We'll spend the next 8 days completing our 60-mile traverse of the Revelation Mountains.  The landscape will offer up an incredibly diverse array of pure wilderness travel, from rolling open dry tundra, multiple river crossings, high glacier passes, miles of glacier ice, and plenty of time on rocky river bars. Our proposed route will take us from the Big River on the west side to Sled Pass on the east side of Mt. Mausolus.  We'll be traveling across and up the Big River, over a high pass and onto the Fish Creek Glacier, up and over yet another heavily glaciated pass onto the Hartman River, and finally into the magical real estate surrounding Sled Pass.  From a backpacking standpoint, there really aren't many Alaska trips out there that offer the challenge and wonder of the Revelations.  Not only are the Revs extremely remote, they are also Himalayan in scale with vertical relief totaling more than 7000' in many locations. There's little doubt that this trip has the potential to be the pinnacle of your mountain career.  All meals included.  Average Daily Distance: 8-12 miles, Average Daily Elevation Gain: 2500'-4500'

Day
11

Too soon for most, our bush pilot will arrive to return us to Port Alsworth and the Farm Lodge - home for our final night.   After checking into a lakeside cabin, enjoying hot showers, and a celebratory dinner at the lodge, we’ll tally up our wildlife sightings and trip highlights, and revel in a euphoria you will never forget.  All meals included.  

Day
12

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. We'll spend the rest of the day hiking to Tanalian Falls, before boarding a late afternoon charter flight back to Anchorage.  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.  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.”  Therefore we strongly suggest that you approach any adventure in Alaska with an open mind.

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