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June 22nd – 30th, 2024
$8800 per person includes charter flights between Anchorage and the lodge, and all meals, housing, and activities while at the lodge.
Saddling lessons, horse care, safety around horses, western riding skills, horse packing skills, water safety and sports including; kayaking, canoeing, paddle board and tubing, gun safety and shooting, archery, campfire building, camp cooking, cabin and tent camping, wilderness survival, nature studies, wildlife conservation, and more.
Riding Activities may include a variety of on and off trail riding, up and down hills and mountains, water crossings, difficult terrain navigation and avoidance, how to use your body while riding and to expect the unexpected, do’s and don’ts while riding and around horses, riding in groups, leading a group, leading a pack horse, trotting, light running, packing gear on your horse and on a pack horse and more.
DAY 1 – Depart Anchorage around 10am, enjoy a one-hour scenic bush flight to Rainy Pass Lodge. Meet and greet your staff and guides, safety speech, tour of property and lunch. Get settled into your room then bring horses down and teach saddling lesson, horse safety, and horse care. Go for a ride up Look Out Hill, get off practice tying horses, individual and group pictures, ride down the back side of look out and back to the lodge. After dinner enjoy lodge activities.
DAY 2 – More riding and training around lodge, packing your horse, varying terrain and difficulties, ride to old cabin and log cache site, fox den and wildfire burn site. After dinner enjoy lodge activities and go over pack list/gear for the rest of your trip.
DAY 3 – Breakfast, go over food items, then pack up, teach horse packing and pack saddle skills/techniques, then ride out to Half Way Lake. Take turns leading a pack horse and leading the group. Eat lunches on the way or stop for a little picnic. Settle in horses at Half Way Lake, unpack and get settled into camp. Ride down to the Happy river for a river crossing and back to cabin for campfire building and camp cooking lessons. Hot chocolate, s’mores and stories around the campfire.
DAY 4 – Pack up and ride to Sheep Lake with 13 river crossings. Prep for tomorrow’s overnight tent camp out.
DAY 5 – Ride into Peak -A-Boo Ponds for an overnight tent camping experience, camp cooking over a fire.
DAY 6 – Pack up and ride back to Sheep Lake. Have lunch and re-pack gear and ride up to Rainy Pass Lake. Settle in for campfire and fishing on the Lake.
DAY 7 – Hike up to the highest spot on the Iditarod Trail for pictures, fish in the lake and enjoy their last night out with stories around the campfire or cards in the cabin.
DAY 8 – Pack up and ride back to the lodge to enjoy lodge activities and slide show presentation of your trip.
Your journey begins as your bush plane takes off from Anchorage. You’ll cross Cook Inlet and fly West up the Susitna Valley with amazing views of Sleeping Lady (Mount Susitna) and if the weather allows you will have a stunning view of Mountain McKinley (Denali, North America’s tallest mountain). Glaciers and wildlife are also regularly seen on your flight tour into the Alaska Mountain Range. After about an hour you will land at Alaska’s oldest recreation lodge, Rainy Pass Lodge which was established in 1937 while Alaska was still a Territory.
Rainy Pass Lodge is located on Puntilla Lake in Ptarmigan Valley, a 3-5 mile wide glacial valley with mountains in every direction. The lodge is right at the top of the tree line so you can experience a good mix of forest vegetation and open tundra for amazing scenery views.
The lodge is your well-appointed yet rustic-comfort base camp for all wilderness activities. You will be very comfortable and pleasantly surprised with first-class service throughout your stay. All activities and excursions are fully guided by a highly trained and knowledgeable Alaskan bush guide to provide you with top-notch service, a memorable trip, and added safety during your wilderness expedition.
Complete each evening however you would prefer; maybe a peaceful canoe ride around the lake, roasting marshmallows by our evening campfire, or sipping wine and listening to the loons call.
Not included in your trip: Hotel stays in Anchorage, personal liquor, fishing license, and gratuity. We will be happy to help you with any of those arrangements to make your trip more of an all-inclusive, hassle-free experience.