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Lake Clark National Park

To this day, Lake Clark National Park represents the roots of our enterprise.  Not only is it where we guided our first trip and the base of summertime operations, it is also the backdrop for most of our itineraries and, quite simply, our favorite place on earth to explore.  From white summits of glacier-clad volcanoes, laced ribbons of wild and scenic rivers, endless expanses of verdant tundra, to salmon choked waters of azure lakes, Lake Clark is without equal.  Since its creation in 1980 to protect the amazing scenery, abundant wildlife and traditional lifestyles of its residents, it has been hailed as Alaska’s epitome and for Alaska Alpine Adventures it remains home. Lake Clark National Park is situated where the mighty Alaska range collides with the expansive Aleutian Range.  It contains roughly 80 miles of rugged coastline, countless rivers, glaciers, and unnamed peaks.  At just over 4 million acres, Lake Clark is roughly twice the size of Yellowstone National Park and larger than the state of Connecticut.

Dan Oberlatz, owner of Alaska Alpine Adventures, has been exploring Lake Clark National Park since 1992, and thinks it is the finest, yet most under-appreciated wilderness area in the entire national park system.  Not only does Lake Clark National Park offer the rare opportunity to truly explore wilderness that has never seen a human foot print, it is also home to some of Alaska’s most spectacular backpacking, hiking, kayaking, and rafting trips – a few of which are now considered Alaska classics and originally pioneered by founders Dan Oberlatz and Derek Nelson.

In August of 2008, Dan Oberlatz was joined by writer Daniel Duane, an editor from Men's Journal Magazine, and renowned adventure photo journalist Corey Rich, to write a feature article on threat of the proposed Pebble Mine in Alaska's Bristol Bay region (See our Pebble Mine page for details).  Corey was so impressed with the area, and with Lake Clark National Park in particular, that he is now regards it as "...one of the wildest places on the planet!" Believe it...watch this video.

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  • Activities
    • Hiking
    • Backpacking
    • Climbing
    • Skiing
    • Packaneering
    • Kayaking
    • Rafting
  • Wildlife
    • Brown Bears
    • Caribou
    • Golden Eagles
    • Salmon
    • Moose
    • Bald Eagles
    • Black Bears
    • Dall's Sheep
  • Terrain Features
    • Mountains
    • Rivers
    • Waterfalls
    • Glaciers
    • Glacial Valley
    • Volcanoes
    • Lakes
    • Tundra

Available Trips in Lake Clark National Park

Exploring the Northern Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 60+ miles
SEASON: Summer

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,...

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Basecamp Bears - Katmai National Park

DURATION: 5 days
LENGTH: 15 miles
SEASON: August & September

Our basecamp venue in Katmai National Park is arguably one of the most spectacular, remote and pristine areas in southwest Alaska to view these majestic creatures. The tundra hiking that surrounds our camp is second to none, and it's not...

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Skiing the Neacolas - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 days
LENGTH: 40+ miles
SEASON: March-May

Welcome to Alaska’s most remote and spectacular guided ski mountaineering adventure! Accessing this part of the Alaska Range by ski plane, we’ll spend our first week camped on the glacier practicing backcountry and glacier travel skills while searching out memorable...

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Chilikadrotna River - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles, 80+ river miles
SEASON: Summer

Join us for an amazing Alaska rafting and hiking trip along one of Alaska's most famed rivers. Flowing west from the Alaska Range is a river so beautiful and classic that it has been federally designated and protected as a...

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Turquoise to Twin Traverse - Lake Clark National Park
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DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Turquoise Lake, nestled beneath the Alaska Range, offers some of` the best hiking, wildlife viewing and bird watching in Lake Clark National Park, and remains one of our favorite places in Alaska to backpack and explore.We'll spend the first couple...

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Turquoise Kayak and Hike - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 30+ miles
SEASON: Summer

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...

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Skiing the Chigmit Volcanoes - Iliamna - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 6000 ft
SEASON: April-May

  One hundred miles southwest of Anchorage, stand the Chigmit Mountains—a desolate and heavily glaciated, sub-range of the mighty Aleutian Range. The giants of the Chigmits, Iliamna (10,016), and Redoubt (10,197), are active volcanoes rising directly from sea level to summit....

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Backpacking the Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 50+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Most of Alaska is extraordinarily remote and inaccessible, but there are still places in Alaska that remain virtually undiscovered.   The Revelation Mountains are one such place; a mountain range so rugged and remote that it has been essentially overlooked.  That’s...

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Twin Lakes Paddle - Lake Clark National Park
FEATURED

DURATION: 7 days
LENGTH: 25+ miles
SEASON: Summer

Recognized in 2010 as one of National Geographic's "Tours of a Lifetime", join us to experience Alaska’s best kayaking and hiking trip. The supreme wilderness of Twin Lakes, located in the heart of Lake Clark National Park, is a wonderland...

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Turquoise Glacier High Route - Lake Clark National Park
FEATURED

DURATION: 10 days
LENGTH: 60+ miles
SEASON: Summer

We pioneered this route in 2006 and found it to be perhaps Alaska’s most quintessential backpacking adventure.  In addition to the magical solitude and intimate beauty of Lake Clark National Park, this traverse also gives a comprehensive introduction to Alaska...

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Neacola High Route - Lake Clark National Park

DURATION: 12 Days
LENGTH: 60 miles
SEASON: Summer

Their route took them across 30+ miles of glacier ice, over 4 high glacier passes, down polished granite slabs, up miles of loose talus and moraine, across braided glacier rivers, through thickets of dense green alder thickets, and along ancient...

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