At Winterlake Lodge, we fly into the neighboring Alaska Range (complete with sweeping views of Hunter, Foraker and sometimes Denali) where we hike, explore ridgelines and blueberry fields, look for caribou, and peep ancient glaciers. It’s always a good time to casually pick up some glacier ice for evening cocktails back at the lodge. Helicopter packages are available to explore into the Alaska Range and surrounding glaciers.
From Winterlake Lodge, hike along the famous Iditarod Trail . 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 3,000 ft, Wolverine Ridge hike (behind the Lodge) 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, views to the north include the rest of the Alaska Range Mountains including Denali, at 20,310 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.