Where are the best places to go for an Alaska backpacking trip? It all depends on what you are looking for and the sort of experience you want. Alaskan national and state parks offer some of the best hiking and backpacking destinations in the state.
Click one of the thumbnails below to see an overview of each area and listing of hiking trips offered in each one. If you are interested in an Alaska hiking trip to a region or destination in Alaska that you don't see on our site just let us know where you would like to go. We can create a private hiking trip for your group anywhere in Alaska.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the largest in Alaska and in the United States. The region boasts a great variety of hiking terrain from glaciers to green valleys to high ridges. This is a mecca for truly remote, Alaska wilderness hiking and backpacking trips. Most of our Alaska hiking trips and backpacking treks are in this park and originate in McCarthy Alaska. Access to McCarthy is by car, shuttle bus or charter flight from Anchorage. The drive to McCarthy is one of the most spectacular in Alaska and a great part of any hiking trip in the Wrangells.
Gates of the Arctic National Park is the most remote place we go in Alaska. The remoteness does add a bit as one must fly to Fairbanks then to Bettles and from there on finally to your wilderness drop off destination. But all that flying is well worth it to enjoy a wilderness hiking trip in this lightly travelled and remote corner of Alaska. If you are looking for a trip of a lifetime on an ultimate Alaskan hiking trip then you can’t do better than Gates of the Arctic.We have an area we like in the Brooks Range that offers a lot of flexibilty - whether you’re looking for a laid back hiking trip or a more aggressive adventure, the Gates has you covered. The Gates of the Arctic National Park is one of the prime destination for a hiking trip in Alaska’s Brooks Range, the northernmost mountain range in the state of Alaska.
The Talkeetna Mountains region is not a part of any Alaska state or national park and that means fewer people on your hiking trip. Access is by car or shuttle from Anchorage then a short bush flight into the backcountry. We usually do a hybrid style backpacking with some layovers for day hiking in the Talkeetnas. The proximity to Anchorage means you spend less of your time in Alaska on the road and more on the hiking trip itself. The Talkeetna trips are very customizable for private groups wanting to tailor a trip to their interestes and abilities.
Alaska’s Denali State Park is about 150 miles north of Anchorage making this area a great choice if you don’t have a lot of time to spend travelling to the start of your trek. You can depart Anchorage and be hiking in the park later that same day! Our itinerary here is a moderate hiking trip, good for those who are avid hikers but not a lot of backpacking experience. This area serves as a great introction to Alaska hiking and backpacking. We usually offer a couple of hiking trips in this park each summer.
Lake Clark National Park is accesable only by air from Anchorage. There are no roads that access the park so this is a great place for hiking in solitude. Known for it’s large and well-stocked lakes, the park allows for some great lake to lake hiking trips. Great if you want to do some fishing on your hiking trip! Our Lake Clark hiking trips include the cost of flying from Anchorage to Port Alsworth as well as the final bush flight in a smaller float plane that drops us at the backcountry lakes that serve as the starting point for our hiking trip.