Greetings from Trek Alaska and McCarthy
The winter just seems to fly by here and it's already time to start thinking about the summer! It's a good time for it here in Alaska as we are having some nasty weather. It's above freezing and everything is turning to a sloppy mess. Better to think about the summer for a while till things get back to normal.
Our first newsletter of the year focuses on a couple of our more challenging treks. But with the challenge comes the reward of some of the best that Alaska has to offer.
It's a Launch!
The big news is we just recently launched a completely redesigned website! It's our best yet and includes additional information on our treks such as itinerary, elevation profiles, photo gallery and more. So be sure to check it out. Feedback and suggestions always welcome.
Seven Pass Route - 8 Day Ultimate Alaskan Trek
July 12-19, August 22-29 (ask about other dates)
The Seven Pass Route (Iceberg Lake to Bremner) is probably the all time favorite of our guests over the years - and for good reason. It's hard to find a route that offers more variety and a just the right amount of challenge.
At 8 days this is one of our longest treks and a great choice if you want to take the time for a more immersive wilderness experience.
We cross two glaciers in the first half of the trek which is always a highlight. The hiking terrain varies from glaciers to rocky passes to lush green valleys and sometimes even a bit of snow in the high passes if it was a big snow year. Every camp is in a different setting than the one before.
The Iceberg Lake valley has usually been a good area for bear spotting and we see both brown and black bears on this route. I have personally sighted elusive wolverines on at least three occasions along this trek. This trek is great for people with a bit of hiking experience and in good physical condition. There are some days that will leave you glad to hit camp but we've also built in some leeway towards the middle of the trip. Sometimes we take a layover day and do some day hiking and sometimes we just break it up into a couple of shorter days to let us recharge while keeping on the move. The guide works with the group along the way to make an itinerary that works for everyone.
This route also features some amazing ridge top views, especially the final pass which offers a view of distant, snow covered summits.
Lake Clark High Country Traverse - 8 Day High Country Adventure
August 6-13 (ask about other dates)
We've offered this trip twice now and it's been such a success that we're making it a regular part of the line-up.
This is another route on the more challenging end of the spectrum but if you are in good shape and ready for a bit of challenge then you would do well.
The trek is in Lake Clark Natl. Park which is even more remote than Wrangell-St. Elias. To get there we have to fly out of Anchorage since there is no road access at all. But that also makes the logistics easier. No worries about renting a car for the drive to McCarthy. Just fly into Anchorage and we take care of the rest.
The trek starts at Lake Telaquana and journeys up and over some ridges on the way to Twin Lakes. We pass Turqouise Lake on the way which is a nice place to layover a day and fish for grayling!
The terrain offers up a nice variety ranging from some easy tundra walking to a more challenging hike up a rocky ridge.
Be sure to get your Alaska fishing license because the fishing is great at all the lakes we visit - grayling, trout and more.
Those are just two of the treks we have scheduled for this summer. To view others take a look at the treks overview page to help select the best options for you. Check our calendar for dates of scheduled group treks. If you don't see one that fits your schedule just give us a call - we may be able to set you up with other dates. And if you already have your own group of at least 3 we can schedule a private trek for your group on any of our routes at the time that works best for you.
Now is the time to start making plans. Summer seems far off as you shovel the snow off your walk, but trips and hotels fill up and the most popular time slots get filled early.
So if you are thinking about a trek give us a call soon and we can help you select the best trek for you.
Look forward to hearing from you.
Till next time...
Picking Your Perfect Trek - Trek Comparison Matrix
For more on any of these trips click on the links to see the detail page or give us a call. 907.554.1088
Well that's it for now. See you next month.
Till then.. happy trails!
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Glennallen, AK 99588