Please note: This is a hiking and camping getaway. You will be responsible for carrying your own equipment to the campsite and back. Dehydrated meals will be provided beforehand but must fit into your own pack (2x breakfast, 3x lunch and 2x dinner). We will be providing a Jet boil for heating up the water at the campground and campfires are prohibited at Wonder Lake. You must be in good physical shape for this trip. Transportation is provided to campground but there are no marked trails this deep into the park and the terrain is very unique so hiking may require more energy.
Arrive in Fairbanks, Alaska by 1PM. Early arrivals are okay we will convene at our place until everyone arrives. Most flights into Fairbanks, Alaska are the red eye or early morning. Once the crew is together, we will start our 2-hour scenic drive to Denali National Park.
Upon arrival, we will check into our first campground and set up tents. The rest of the day is ours to explore Healy and around the park entrance. This would be a great time to pick up any extra snacks or breakfast items for Friday morning.
Plan to have dinner at 49th State Brewery, where you will be responsible for covering the costs.
We will be heading out EARLY to ensure we catch our 7AM bus ride further into the park. Tents and other camping gear should be packed up by 5:45AM. Shared car camping tents will be used on first night so we don't have to unpack backpacking tents and help with quicker breakdown.
After boarding our camper bus we'll spend the next 6 hours riding through the scenic Alaska Range stopping for wildlife and other photo ops. Multiple restroom stops will be avilable.
We'll arrive to our campsite around 1:30PM and set up camp. The rest of the day is ours to explore, hike and enjoy the midnight sun!
A bus will arrive at our campground at 8am for those choosing the optional flightseeing tour (if you won't be doing the tour, you can still catch this bus with us to Kantishna for more hiking options and water refill). Flightseeing tour will depart at 9AM and we'll be back on the ground at 10AM. We'll spend a few hours at Kantishna eating lunch and exploring before we catch a 2PM bus back to Wonder Lake Campground. The rest of the day is ours to hike, relax by the lake and spend time getting to know each other!
Our last day will be another early morning as we get on our camper bus to depart Wonder Lake Campground at 6:30am. Enjoy another ride through the scenic Alaska Range stopping for wildlife and other photo ops. We'll arrive back at the entrance of the park around 11:30am. We can relax, eat lunch and explore until we head over to the Sled Dog Demonstrations with Denali's Canine Rangers.
We will depart Denali Natioal Park by 4pm and plan to be back in Fairbanks around 6pm. Late departures are okay and our house can be used for accommodations until everyone departs. Most flights out of Fairbanks, Alaska are the red eye or late evening.
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