We’ve found an unbeatable combination in Gates of the Arctic National Park this summer. We will kayak in the headwaters of the Alatna River and then hike into the towering Arrigetch Peaks on our twelve-day Gates of the Arctic adventure. Single-person inflatable kayaks allow us to start high on the Alatna, far above where most others venture.
We will spend five days on the upper Alatna River, where the paddling is easy but fast, the hiking is superb, and the open tundra provides opportunities for watching wildlife. When the river begins to slow as we reach the boreal forest, we will leave our boats behind and head up into the Arrigetch Peaks for a week of backpacking and day hiking.