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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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Lake Clark Trips

Backpacking the Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 10 days  Intensity: Level 3 B  Season: Summer  

Are you ready for a backpacking trip in one of North America’s most remote mountain ranges? Join Alaska Alpine Adventures for an amazing backpacking trip through this amazing wilderness area. ...

Basecamp Bears - Katmai National Park
Duration: 5 days  Intensity: Level 2 H  Season: August & September  

Our annual grizzly bear viewing and tundra hiking camp returns for 2014! This once in a lifetime trip is truly a multi-sensory experience for the adventurer looking to view, photograph and admire Nort...

Chilikadrotna River - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 10 days  Intensity: Level 2 R  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 designa...

Exploring the Northern Revelation Mountains - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 12 days  Intensity: Level 4 B  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 range...

Neacola High Route - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 12 Days  Intensity: Level 4 B  Season: Summer  

In 2007, owner Dan Oberlatz and longtime client Mark Stevens (a man who this year took his 13th consecutive trip with AAA) completed a 55-mile traverse of the remote and rugged Neacola Mountains, deep...

Skiing the Chigmit Volcanoes - Iliamna - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 10 days  Intensity: Level 4 S  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 Redo...

Skiing the Neacolas - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 12 days  Intensity: Level 4 S  Season: April-May  

Welcome to Alaska’s most remote and spectacular ski mountaineering adventure! Accessing the range by ski plane, we’ll spend our first week camped on the glacier practicing backcountry and glacier...

Tlikikila River - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 6 days  Intensity: Level 2 R  Season: Summer  

Join Alaska Alpine Adventures for an incredible rafting trip down the spectacular Tlikikila River in Lake Clark National Park. Flowing southwest from Summit Lake to Lake Clark, this amazing swiftwater...

Turquoise Glacier High Route - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 10 days  Intensity: Level 3 B  Season: Summer  

We pioneered this route in 2006 and found it to be perhaps Alaska’s most quintessential backpacking trip. In addition to the magical solitude and intimate beauty of Lake Clark National Park, this tr...

Turquoise Kayak and Hike - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 7 days  Intensity: Level 2 K  Season: Summer  

This kayaking and hiking trip in Lake Clark National Park is a classic! As you steal a glimpse of Turquoise Lake from the windows of our floatplane for the first time, you will realize immediately how...

Turquoise Lake - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 7 days  Intensity: Level 2 H  Season: Summer  

Hiking and camping in Alaska doesn’t get any better than this! Located 150 miles west of Anchorage and accessible only by float plane, this remote gem is the heart and soul of Lake Clark National Pa...

Turquoise to Twin Traverse - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 7 days  Intensity: Level 2 B  Season: Summer  

Join Alaska Alpine Adventures on our signature backpacking trip through this most amazing region of Lake Clark National Park! We dramatically improved the itinerary in 2011 and are now finishing the a...

Twin Lakes Paddle - Lake Clark National Park
Duration: 7 days  Intensity: Level 2 K  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 ...