Days: 11

Dates: Mid-June to Mid-September

Start & Finish: Anchorage, Alaska

Group Size: 8

Accommodation: 3-star hotel, rustic lodges, guided camping

Physical Rating: 3.5/5

This incomparable 7-day backpacking trip in Denali National Park is a spectacular adventure through the biggest mountains in North America and the crown jewel of the National Park system! With float plane access from Anchorage, amazing tundra hiking, and unparalleled views of America’s highest summit (after all, you’ll be only 17 miles from the 20,320’ peak), this trip is both suitable for a new Alaska backpacker yet challenging enough for a seasoned wilderness traveler.

This 30+ mile backpacking adventure includes 5 full days of backpacking along massive glaciers, past wild creeks, and through untouched wilderness in this most amazing and virtually unexplored area of Denali National Park. Not only does this experience include float plane access via a flight-seeing tour of the mighty Ruth Glacier, it also allows backpackers the opportunity to experience Denali National Park in a way that few ever have. You’ll finish out the 11-day trip with a scenic drive down along Turnagain Arm and through the Chugach National Forest to Seward, a picturesque seacoast town situated at the head of Resurrection Bay. After a small boat tour of Kenai Fjords National Park’s glacial coast, you’ll spend a couple of days relaxing and exploring around a remote lodge nestled in the park before returning home.