Alaska Photo of the Month - February 2015

Our February 2015 Photo of the Month features a shot from the shore of Turquoise Lake in Lake Clark National Park. The photo was taken at sunset as three lucky hikers got to experience the interplay between shadow and light in Alaska's late summer. Experience this for yourself on our incomparable Turquoise Kayak and Hike trip.

Alaska Photo of the Month - December 2011

I'm way past overdue introducing you all to Mark Stevens.  This past August Mark, pictured here at Dick Proenneke's cabin on Upper Twin Lake in Lake Clark National Park in 2010, completed his 11th expedition over 10 consecutive years with Alaska Alpine Adventures. And it's my honor to say I've been with him for 10 of 11 of those trips.  

Prince William Sound

When the Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef in 1989, the word's attention was drawn to Alaska and, more specifically, to Prince William Sound.  While the oil spill was most certainly devastating, it did introduce to the world to this most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem.  Today, nearly 30 years later and despite lingering evidence of the spill, the Sound is alive with abundant wildlife and classic Alaska scenery.  Glaciers, fjords, dense conifer forests, upland peat bogs, alpine tundra, and interesting geomorphology characterize this astoundingly beautiful region of Alaska.  With nearly 60 inches of rain annually and close to 300 inches of wintertime snows, Prince William Sound's climate is characterized as a coastal temperate rainforest.  With average summer high temperatures in the 60's and average winter lows in the 20's, the Sound offers incredible summer sea kayaking tours and incomparable backcountry skiing during the winter and spring months.  Alaska Alpine Adventures has been guiding tours in Prince William Sound for over 10 years, and we're excited to share this incredible wilderness with you.

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!" 

Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures

Dear Friends,

Welcome to Alaska Alpine Adventures and our 20th season!  In 2018, as we be celebrate 19 years as a leader in wilderness travel and exploration of Alaska's spectacular national parks and wildlife refuges, we will also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Denali National Park.  This historic centennial will allow us to reflect on our amazing history as well introduce an ever growing number of adventure travelers to some of Alaska's most iconic national park unit. 

Alaska Alpine Adventures has built an international reputation as Alaska's premier small-group pure Adventure Travel Company, guiding in Alaska's great parks.  Exploring Alaska's national parks and wildlife refuges is our passion, and that passion is reflected in each adventure trip we lead.

Why do so many of our guests return year after year to continue to explore Alaska with us?  We'd like to think that it's our award-winning, all-inclusive itineraries, our impeccable safety record, our gourmet backcountry cuisine, our seasoned naturalist guides, and our commitment to sustainable travel and environmental excellence.  But the answer is far more personal!  Our guests are drawn by the magnetism of northern wilderness and its creatures.  They revisit to savor the palpable emotion of solitude, and to immerse themselves in something that few are fortunate enough to experience - pure and untouched wilderness.  In many ways, our guests return to Alaska to find themselves.

So enjoy with us our 20th season!  Our hope is that the imagery* and stories you see here on our website will not only inspire you to take a trip with us, but will also compel you to help us protect the last great American wilderness that is Alaska.

As your guides to Alaska’s national parks and wildlife refuges here’s how 2018 is shaping up:

Guided Alaska Tours

One of our specialties is guiding multisport tours, group travel, custom tours, and private family adventures throughout Alaska. Our award winning trips offer our guests the opportunity to completely experience the Last Frontier in a small-group away from the crowds.  Contact us for custom options for family hiking, camping, lodge-based tours , and private and customized adventures to some of Alaska's most spectacular wilderness areas.

Guided Wilderness Trips

Since 1998, Alaska Alpine Adventures has built a reputation as one of Alaska's premier wilderness outfitters.  Offering backpacking trips, guided kayaking and hiking tours, basecamp hiking adventures, backcountry ski tours, and custom adventures, our guides are comfortable in Alaska's biggest and most remote mountain ranges.  From  Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, Lake Clark, Katmai, ANWR, Kenai Fjords and Gates of the Arctic all the way to Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve, we have guided successful expeditions throughout Alaska for nearly 20 years. 

Alaska Day Hiking Excursions in Denali National Park

Alaska Alpine Adventures will continue offering day hiking trips in Denali National Park in 2018 - our 8th year!  Working with Rust's Flying Service and K2 Aviation, these 3-hour Alaska day excursions will give the hiking enthusiast the chance to hike in Denali National Park and among the biggest mountains in North America.

So join us in 2018!  Hike, raft, kayak, backpack, ski, climb, and explore Alaska's stunning national parks & wildlife refuges.  The privilege would be all ours. 

Talk with us about creating your ideal Alaska Alpine Adventure. We hope you enjoy our website and look forward to planning your adventure with you.

Best Adventures,

Dan Oberlatz - Owner/Senior Guide

* All photos on this website were taken on actual Alaska Alpine Adventures!

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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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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Turquoise to Twin Traverse - Lake Clark National Park
FEATURED

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Travelling to Alaska, but short a few items on your gear list? We offer a few of the "must have" items for rent at reasonable prices.

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