Wilderness Pack Trips
Below are examples of
wilderness pack trips that we like to do. They are all-inclusive; we
furnish all the camping gear, food and do all the cooking. At least a
three day trip is recommended. We take care of all the logistics and
offer a turn-key trip. We are flexible; we can most definitely build a
trip around your individual needs. We can get you into the back
country, outfit you as needed, and then you plan your adventures that
could be hiking the open hillsides and mountain top ridges,
prospecting for gold, perhaps just relaxing in camp or fishing the
small streams. You do not have to ride horses every day. The best part
is just being in the remote wilderness.
trips are guided and outfitted with private tents for guests and home
cooking, campfire style. Our camp sites are selected with minimum
impact to the land in mind as well as good grass for the horses and
magnificent views for our campers. We prefer groups of six or less and
private-custom trips are welcome. For larger private groups, we can
certainly accommodate this into a special custom trip. Guests should
be physically fit to be prepared for rugged off trail riding at times.
All days offer a full day of horseback riding. Mornings start with a
hardy leisure breakfast with cowboy coffee. Help us gather and saddle
horses or spend some time behind the spotting scope, searching for
wildlife on the mountain sides. Plan on a fun day of riding with the
best scenery and wildlife viewing in mind along with thrilling off
trail riding on our seasoned Alaskan mountain horses. And the
Back at camp, relaxing in a
camp chair and worn out after an unbelievable great day of mountain
riding, plan on a big warm campfire and a hardy meal. A full evening
of watching for wildlife and the sunset on the mountains (if you are
up that late). You can watch the horses feed on good grass with your
private tent in the distance, and listen for the sounds and the quiet
of the wilderness.
Most trips are hosted and guided by Alex Kime. Resurrection Trail, a
historical trail from Cooper Landing to Hope, is used to access remote
mountain valleys that were used by trappers, hunters and gold miners
in the pioneer days. Their old trails are utilized as well as
campsites. Our camp sites vary often as to allow minimum impact to
areas. Wildlife viewing can be excellent or not so hot. We do our best
to help you spot wildlife, many of which may be wolves, caribou,
moose, brown bear, black bear, sheep, goat, coyote, wolverine, and
bird viewing for eagles, hawks, owls, spruce hen and our state bird
the ptarmigan. Fishing availability may be an option on custom trips,
just ask. Chugach National Forest trips are normally limited to 6
guests. Private larger groups available
Recommended Pack Trips
Spring Adventure – Kenai
National Wildlife Refuge
This three day remote adventure takes us deep into the refuge along
the base of the Kenai Mountains. Imagine it is spring, the leaves are
freshly budding out, it’s now time for moose to calve and our birds
are arriving home from the South. Our high mountain trails are still
drying out, so this low land trip along an old forest service road
allows us to experience the back country right after the snow melt.
We’re always looking for wildlife as well as watching for tracks and
antler sheds. We camp in remote areas where natives explored over
8,000 years ago. This is an easy going trip, one of our more gentler
adventures. It’s quiet, no motorized vehicles or bicycles are allowed
in the refuge. We rarely see another person. Weather can be very
pleasant or it can be “we bring a wall tent and wood stove” weather! (
A custom trip with two more days could be arranged, we would continue
our trek all the way to Cook Inlet where we could camp and spend the
day exploring. A rare adventure with over 80 miles of riding.
Kenai National Wildlife
Rugged old packing trail and high country views make this an exciting
three day trip into the high mountain valleys of the refuge. We ride
on top of a mountain on day two as well as explore remote mountain
valleys. We should spot black bear, eagles, Alaskan birds and moose on
this one. Our camp offers a good spot to roam around and take in the
views, as well as short hikes after dinner. Lots of daylight on this
Chugach National Forest
Resurrection Trail and Devil’s Pass Trail gets us into a remote
mountain valley in the Kenai Mountains for a three day two night trip.
Lots of riding choices for adventure exploring the high country.
There’s a good chance of seeing caribou, eagles, moose, and we most
always see a brown bear. This trip offers spectacular views and
mountain settings You are looking at about 4-6 hours in the saddle
each day including lots of scenic breaks. Day two is mostly off trail
riding, taking in exciting spots and exploring mountain valleys. A
fine Alaska wilderness adventure.
Remote and Rugged,
Chugach National Forest
A seven hour (or so) ride of action packed views gets us to one of our
most remote camps. We have two exciting day trips from camp that
almost always produces wildlife. This four day trip offers some of our
most exciting off trail riding and unbelievable beautiful spots deep
in the mountains. Wild flowers galore! Truly our most favorite
adventure in the National Forest.
EXTREME MULTI DAY WILDERNESS EXPEDITION
KENAI NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
This trip start up time available June 15th through June 25th.
We venture deep into the
valleys of the Chugach mountains and to the headwaters of the Funny
River and Bear Creek. This trek takes us over 30 miles back into the
homeland of the Killey River Caribou herd. Truly a wilderness
experience that ranks among the finest in the world. This is an
adventure that includes many action packed days of wilderness riding
and searching for wildlife. No groomed trails and rarely do we
encounter humans. After two days of riding we arrive at our base camp
which will be our home for the next four days. Each day will be a
phenomenal day of riding and adventure. The 7th day we ride to a lake
where you are picked up by a float plane for your return to our ranch.
This rare offering is a special area to your guide, Alex Kime and his
daughter Gretchen. They have been exploring this extreme wilderness
country for over 25 years. Call or email for details. ( A second
offering could follow with guests flying into the area, spending 5
days at our camp and two days riding back to the trail head.)
Available in September in the remote Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
for guided and outfitted photography trips for caribou and moose in
mating season. This is in some of the most magnificent wilderness
county in the world with phenomenal photography opportunities. A
custom built and private opportunity.
Pack Trip General Information
All guests taking pack trips should arrive at our lodge on the day
before their trip is scheduled to depart. This allows us time to do
necessary organizing and pre-packing to ensure early starts. Guests
should be in good physical condition please, with height and weight
proportionate. We cannot accommodate obese guests. Minimum age for
pack trips should be 12 years old. Exceptions may be made. A detailed
equipment list will be sent to you upon booking a trip.
Pack Trip Pricing:
All-inclusive pack trip average $425 per person per day. At least a
three day trip is recommended.
We accept checks, MasterCard, VISA, and Discover cards.
Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of deposit.
Please remember that deposits are nonrefundable, as we work on a very
Final payment for pack trips is due two weeks prior to trip.