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Hiking Tours in Denali National Park

Walk Denali Backcountry Guides
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Walk Denali Backcountry Guides
  • Step into a natural Alaskan paradise and take a stroll along the boreal forests and beautiful lakes. Enjoy magnificent views of Byers Lake and surrounding mountains, learn about the area’s ecosystem and the complicated connections of plants, animals, and people within the splendor of true wilderness in Alaska. Hear from your knowledgeable guide about how people survived long winters in such a cold, yet beautiful setting! 

    Hiking level: Moderate. The trail is not flat. Some up and down is required for the entire length of the tour. Expect to walk 3-4 miles with up to 800’ elevation gain.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Denali, Alaska, please refer to Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services website.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

    • What you get on this adventure:

      • A professional, knowledgeable, medically-trained, Denali backcountry hiking guide
      • Use of trekking poles

      What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Alaska
      • Transportation to and from the trailhead — can be provided by the guide
      • Accommodation
      • Meals and snacks
    • The best thing about hiking in Denali is that there are incredible options for all skill levels. For beginner hikes, if you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go! Intermediate hikes will see a little more change in elevation and hikes will start to increase in length, hiking anywhere between four to eight miles. Advanced hikes are full day treks with steep descents and challenging switchbacks. Keep in mind, the weather can suddenly change and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day. 

    • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Sturdy hiking boots
      • Overboots
      • Spare clothes for layering
      • Waterproof rain jacket
      • Sunhat
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Sunglasses
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)
      • Binoculars — optional

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • Group sizes and prices:

      • Denali backcountry hiking tours listed above are not private. Pricing is per person, and costs don’t decrease as your group grows. 
      • The maximum group size on these day-hiking tours is eight guests and one guide. It takes a minimum of three people for the tours to operate.

      If you’re traveling with a larger party, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements. 

      Min. age requirements:

      • Everybody over the age of 18 is welcome to book this hiking adventure.
      • Children under 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

      If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 15, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements. 

    • To get to Denali National Park, most people fly into Anchorage International Airport (ANC). From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service to Denali Park that is 4 hours away or drive to Talkeetna, 2 hours north of Anchorage.

      Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet. You can make arrangements with your guide who can provide you with transportation from Denali Wilderness Princess Lodge. From there, you’ll head straight to your tour. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the hiking ability of the group.

      Denali Wilderness Princess Lodge

      Walking tours operate daily from 8:00am to 11:00am and from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm.

      Interpretive hikes operate daily from 11:30am to 4:30pm.

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