LODGE INFORMATION AND ITINERARY
setting: Grant Pearson's rustic log cabin still stands on the five acres where North Face Lodge was
built in 1973. Situated on a tundra meadow in the Moose CreekValley, the inn boasts fine views of
the crests of Denali (formerly Mount McKinley) and six other major peaks of the Alaska Range.
the mid-eighties, North Face Lodge was purchased and renovated by Camp Denali's owners. Its 15 small,
well-appointed guestrooms, each with private bath, connect to a covered walkway
that leads to the inn's comfortably furnished living room and dining room. On
cool mornings, a crackling fire in the stone fireplace compliments fine
Denali views from the living room's tall
windows. On warm, sunny afternoons, a spacious patio invites relaxation in view
of Denali's summit.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge alone can lead guided activities in
the higher elevations of the park, past the Wonder Lake area. This allows guests
an opportunity to travel 1 to 1.5 hours on guided excursions to access the
higher alpine valleys. This also provides additional opportunities to see
wildlife en route to the hiking areas.
The staff of naturalists assists
guests in first-hand exploration of the Alaskan landscape, searching for
wildlife and wildflowers. Nightly programs focus on aspects of Denali's natural
and cultural history, including birds, mammals and wildflowers; tundra ecology
and geology, mountaineering; land use and natural resource issues. In addition
to guided activities, mountain bikes, canoes and fishing equipment are also
available. Both lodges have comprehensive libraries. At Camp Denali there is a
natural history resource center complete with binocular microscope, herbarium
Meals: From wild berry preserves and
greenhouse lettuces to its fresh-baked breads and desserts, the kitchens are
known for their creatively prepared and attractively served food made from the
finest quality ingredients. Special diets can be accommodated on
Day 1/Arrival: Denali
National Park entrance to North Face Lodge
Arrive on your own
in Denali National Park. At approximately 13:00H, depart from the Denali train station
on a wildlife bus tour traveling 90 miles of the park road. Along the way, your
driver/naturalist guide will introduce you to the taiga and tundra ecosystems of
the Far North. Stops will be made for spectacular views and to observe wildlife.
A leisurely stop along the banks of the East Fork River will include a
picnic-style dinner. Upon arrival at the lodge (approx. 20-20:30H), you will be welcomed with refreshments and an orientation. Afterwards settle into your room. Overnight at
North Face Lodge.
Day 2+: Inside Denali National Park
and activities are offered each day. You can explore Denali National Park with a
naturalist guide on an easy, moderate or strenuous guided hike. For the more
independent spirits, enjoy a day of mountain biking, canoeing, or fishing on
your own. You may decide to just relax in the libraries and living rooms at the
lodges. Each evening, after dinner, programs are offered to further enrich your
understanding of sub-arctic and arctic regions.
Departure Day: North
Face Lodge to Denali National Park entrance
Enjoy an early breakfast (begins at 6:00H), before
departing on your bus tour back to the park entrance. Fewer stops are made on
the return trip, so you will arrive back at the park entrance and Denali train station by 11:45H. This leaves plenty of time to catch the train or bus to
Anchorage or Fairbanks.