Hiking the Backcountry

Both of our remote backcountry lodges offer hiking opportunities for various levels of activity

All of our hiking trips are guided. We offer short fifteen-minute natural history walks or we can offer all-day adventurous excursions depending on your interest. Our guides are equipped with safety gear, the equipment and packs you might need, and food and water.

Winterlake Lodge

From Winterlake Lodge, guests enjoy hiking with their guide to the top of Wolverine Peak, elevation 3,900 feet.  Helicopter packages are available to explore into the Alaska Range and surrounding glaciers.

The Iditarod Loop is approximately 1 1/2 hours of easy walking. On this section of the famous National Historic Iditarod Trail, we discover and identify local flora, examine animal tracks, investigate an historic turn-of-the-century cabin site, and more. Commonly seen wildlife include Black bears, moose, beaver, loons, Trumpeter swans, otters, and our famous little wood frogs. The hike leads to the lovely and peaceful Red Lake and a canoe for those wishing to explore further.

With a maximum altitude gain of three thousand feet, the Wolverine Ridge hike offers a variety of panoramic views of the surrounding valleys. Our trail crosses an active beaver pond, traverses a wildflower meadow, travels through a cottonwood forest, and gradually gains altitude. Edible berries and unique alpine flowers line the way. Frequently seen wildlife include black bears, moose, and occasionally wolves. Once on the summit, we can see to the north the rest of the Alaska Range Mountains including Denali, at 20,300 feet and Mt. Foraker, Russell and the Kichatna Spires! Looking south we can see the Hayes Glacier and valley and the wide Skwentna/Yentna valleys.

Tutka Bay Lodge

From Tutka Bay Lodge we offer a two-mile old growth forest trail that starts at our beach and meanders along the shoreline of the outer shore of Tutka Bay. We stop along small beaches for a little beachcombing, which is especially fascinating at low-tide.

Just across the fjord from the lodge, we travel to Kayak Beach to begin the ascent of Grace Ridge, which offers an expansive view of the Herring Islands, Kachemak Bay and the surrounding fjords. We can hike along Grace Ridge between a one-hour and eight- hour outing.

Tutka Lagoon Trail is a two-hour hike through the Tutka Bay forest lagoon up to a waterfall. There are many other trails in the vicinity, including a bike and hike excursion to Seldovia or Rocky River. Helicopter hiking options are available to Broken Knife and other interesting nearby summits.

Recommended Gear for Hiking Trips

We will provide packs, water bottles and first aid supplies. We recommend you bring:

  • Sturdy, well broken-in comfortable hiking shoes
  • Clothes for dressing in layers (no blue jeans or cotton)
  • Long pants