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- Remote lodge in Denali National Park
- Accessible by bus only
- Family owned and operated
- Lodge accommodation (3 night minimum)
- All meals
- Services of guides and use of equipment
- 180 mile round trip transportation through Denali National Park from the
Denali Rail Station
- Park entrance fee and taxes.
Camp Denali and North Face Lodge are the only lodges in the park with a view of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. These family owned and operated lodges are located just 29 air miles from Mt McKinley's summit. Both lodges offer numerous summer activities, such as guided hikes, mountain biking, canoeing, and fishing. Each lodge has a comprehensive library and an experienced staff of naturalists lead guided hikes to remote alpine valleys, providing the opportunity to see Denali's wildlife and stunning scenery.
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 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 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), your hosts
will welcome you at a reception featuring dessert, fresh fruit, and beverages.
After a short orientation, you will be taken to your cabin or 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 train station
at approximately 11:30H. This leaves plenty of time to catch the train or bus to
Anchorage or Fairbanks.
|North Face Lodge has fixed arrival and departure dates!
Children Policy: Programming is best suited for
children ages 8 and up. Children under 12 qualify for the child rate. Rates
available on request. Due to safety concerns, children younger than 16 are
required to stay in a room with an adult.
Dining: North Face Lodge has its own dining room.
Breakfast and dinner are served at the lodge. Lunch is a buffet of make-your-own
sack lunch preparations, which are available just after breakfast. Please
indicate on your reservation form if you have special dietary
Alcohol: North Face Lodge does not hold a liquor
license. Guests are welcome to bring their own alcohol.
Electricity: North Face Lodge generates its own
electricity. Appliances with heating elements, such as curling irons and hair
dryers, will overload the generators. Therefore, guests are asked not to bring
or use hair dryers or similar items at the lodge.
Communication: A pay phone (calling card only) is
located at the lodge for outgoing calls; guests are asked to limit incoming
calls to emergencies only. Do not plan to send or receive faxes or email
messages while at the lodge. Mail is picked up on Mondays and Fridays.
Available Equipment: The lodge lends guests the
following equipment: day packs, water bottles, head nets, walking sticks, rubber
boots, mountain bikes / helmets, canoes / paddles, and fishing
Deposit of 50% is required, without reservation is
not confirmed! Final payment due 60 days prior!
REFUND / CANCELLATION
Any time after our written confirmation: $100 per
person or 10% of invoice total, whichever is greater.
60 to 45 days prior to
lodge stay date: 50% of invoice total.
44 to 31 days prior to lodge stay
date: 60% of invoice total.
30 to 0 days prior to lodge stay date: 100% of
TRAVEL TO ALASKA:
Please make sure you have your proper documents (US Drivers License or
passport) with you, your credit card and camera/video recorder.
If you booked a rental car with us that you will pick up upon arrival in
Alaska, please make sure you provide us with your flight arrival information so
that your car is ready for you when you arrive!
Also remember that Alaska has its own time zone. Alaska is 1 hour behind
Pacific Standard Time / 2 hours behind Mountain Standard Time / 3 hours behind
Central Standard Time / 4 hours behind Eastern Standard Time.
WHAT TO PACK:
Temperatures from June through August range between 60°F / 16° C to 80°F /
27°. May and September are typically cooler, with temperatures ranging between
45°F / 7° C to 55°F / 13° C. Temperatures in the winter can range from -40
degrees to 40 degrees.
If summer or winter the general rule for Alaska is casual, comfortable
clothing that can be worn in layers. The first layer should be something thin
and next to the skin (try to avoid cotton). The second layer adds warmth and
allows you the option of removing if it gets warmer (mostly fleece or similar).
The third layer should protect you against rain and wind if necessary.
For day cruises into Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords National
Park, for example, we recommend an extra layer including a scarf, hat and
gloves, as it can be chilly on the boats - even in the summer!
Comfortable walking shoes or water repellent hiking boots are also
If you visit in the winter, your outer layer should
protect you against the cold and wind. Even so jeans are comfortable, they are
not ideal when it is really cold. Ski pants are protecting better against the
cold weather. Do not forget to bring a warm scarf, hat, gloves, and boots.