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Twin Lakes Ridge Ramble

Twin Lakes Ramble

Twin Lakes Ridge Ramble

Trip Details
Trip Type:
6 days trekking
6 days total
Trek Price:

Price includes all travel costs from departure Anchorage to return Anchorage at end of trip. All flight to Port Alsworth and backcountry included!

2018 Trek Dates
Group Trips:
July 25-30
Private Trips:
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Twin Lakes Ridge Ramble   

Many years ago I made my first visit to Lake Clark National Park. I did a route that ended up at lower Twin Lakes where I was picked up by float plane.

I was only at Twin for the last day but I got to head up one of the many moderate summits that ring the lakes. I always thought it would be fun to spend a week at the lakes and do a combination of backpacking and base camping, using the base camp days to check out some peaks.

Well I figured, why not - let's do it! And so the Twin Lakes Summit Ramble was born. This will be a 7 day trip with a landing at lower Twin and pickup at upper Twin Lakes. We're calling it a ramble because we're going to be footloose on this one with no hard and fast itinerary. So the attitude will be relaxed.

We'll setup our first camp on lower twin, pull out the maps and see what looks like fun and just make up a route and plan as we go.

It's a trip that will appeal to a wide range of folks. If you're in good hiking shape then you will do well on this trek. Some days we might shoulder the packs and find a route up a "back alley valley" or hike along the lake. When we get to a peak we want to do we'll drop our loads, set camp and scoot up to the top.

On nights when we camp near the lake we will wet our lines and see if we can catch some grayling or trout to add to our dinner menu.

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The Adventure at a Glance

1 night in Anchorage, Alaska
6 days/5 nights trekking in Lake Clark National Park

Difficulty:  Moderate +
Duration:   6 days trekking, no travel days
Season:  Early July - Early September
Elevation Gain:  Variable
Distance:   30-35 miles

Pre TripArrive in Anchorage by late afternoon and get checked in to your hotel (not included). The group will meet up with the guide for a gear review and distribution of food and group gear. We'll continue the meeting over a relaxing dinner where we all get to know each other a bit and go over some logistics.
Day 1After a breakfast to get us going we head to the airport for an amazing flight to Port Alsworth. This small mountain community is a gateway to the Lake Clark National Park and jumping off point for adventures into the backcountry of the area. But we don't stay here long as we hop onto a smaller bush plane equipped with floats for a short flight to Lower Twin Lake and the start of our trek.
Day 2-5It's hard to give a detailed itinerary for this trek, because we don't have one - and that's what makes this trip so special. We are free to make a plan as we go. From the top of the ridge on day one the guide will spread out the maps and give you a feel for that possibilities. The group will then arrive at a consensus and off we go.We might decide to head up the valley just behind the ridge to see what we can see, or we might hike up lake a bit, set up a base camp and bag a few summits before moving on.The emphasis on this trip will be exploration, moderate summits and a free-wheeling itinerary.On our last night in the backcountry we'll head back to the shore of Twin Lakes and maybe do a bit of fishing.
Day 6We enjoy our final backcountry breakfast (fish?) at the lake's edge. Our pilot picks us up for the return flight back to Port Alsworth and then on to Anchorage. We will arrive late afternoon.

How Do We Get to Lake Clark?

The only way to get to Lake Clark National Park is by air out of Anchorage.

Airfare into Port Alsworth (gateway to the backcountry) is included in Trek Alaska rates for Lake Clark treks. Lake Clark Air provides our flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth as well as bush flights into the backcountry.


Where Do We Meet?
You'll meet your hiking guide and the rest of the group in Anchorage for an orientation meeting around 6:00 p.m. the evening before the trip begins. On the detailed itinerary this is listed as Day 0. If you are unable to book a flight that arrives in Anchorage by late afternoon of Day 0, it would be advisable to arrive a day earlier. You will be in contacted several weeks before your trip and we will specify the exact location of the orientation meeting at that point. 

Drop Off/PickupTimes
We like to get an early start on the first day as it might take two flights to get everyone into the backcountry. Check-in time at Merril field is usually 7:30 am for the flight to Port Alsworth. The guide will review these logistics at the meeting the night before.

Safety Considerations
Your safety is our top priority. Our treks are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are certified wilderness first responders or EMT's, each with years of wilderness experience. On most treks the guide carries  a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 9074.554.1088 for more information.

Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

Group Size
We prefer to run small groups and our clients like it that way too. The standard group size on backpacking trips is 5 guests and 1 guide. Larger groups are possible for private trips. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 907.554.1088 and we'll answer all your questions.

Weather in the Mountains
Alaska is pretty far north and like any mountain evirronment we are prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in the Lake Clark area. July is especialy variable and we have had temps hit the low 80s some summers. Mid August is when things start to cool down a bit but still great hikng weather.


Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

What's Included

  • Group gear: tents, dining tarp, stove, fuel
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • A professional, knowledgeable, hiking guide
  • Bear safety equipment including bear spray cannisters and food storage containers
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you and your family to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Trek Alaska adventure after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Backpack
  • Trek poles
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Waterbottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
  • See the Gear List for more information.

: See the Gear List for detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your trek.

Meals: What To Expect

All of our hiking and backpacking tours include a diversity of tasty meals packed full of critical carbohydrates, proteins and fats. We carry foods that travel well in the backcountry – rice, pastas, lentils, beans, packaged meats, nuts, breads, oatmeal, granola, and more.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

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