At Winterlake Lodge, we fly into the neighboring 1,000-acre Alaska Range playground where we hike and explore ridgelines and blueberry fields, caribou country, and ancient glaciers. Pick up some glacier ice for cocktails back at the lodge. We hike along the famous Iditarod Trail looking for wild flora along the way.
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 20,310 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.