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Talkeetna Paradise Lodge and Cabins in Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna Area Activities

There is certainly a lot to do in the vicinity of Talkeetna Alaska. Following are a few of the options


Hike Talkeetna and Denali State Park

Step out from your private cabin and explore the surrounding wilderness at your leisure or canoe across the lake and make your own trail.

Following is an excerpt provided by the Talkeetna Visitors Center.

Talkeetna has some nice trails both in town and close by. Talkeetna town trails range from a 20 minute walk along the river bank to a 6 hour trail that climbs above town and then drops down to the river.

Several trails are easily accessible from town. A trail map is available at some local businesses.

The short river trail starts at the end of Main Street, follows the shore and then cuts into the woods, ending at the end of the Village Airstrip. You can then walk along the airstrip road back to town. If you don't stop for pictures or throwing rocks in the river, this is a nice 20 minute walk with great views of the Alaska Range and Mt. McKinley. The Airstrip is active so do not walk down the middle of it.

In town, you can access a hike along the river from several points. This trail starts flat and then climbs into the hills. Along the way, there are several places where you can get off the trail, walk a short distance through the woods and be back on the road system back to the start. Once you start to climb, you will have good views of the valley and mountains. This trail is good for mountain biking too. Other hiking and biking trails start and end in the Christiansen Lake area., off the ComSat Road. From either the very end of ComSat Road off the Spur, you can go straight ahead or take the trail to the right. Along the road, you can take Golden Pond for a great walk that loops around and either ends in town or back onto the Christiansen Lake Road which runs into ComSat Road. There are good scenic views along the way.

Also along the ComSat Road is the access to Freedom Hills Subdivision. This is a walk along the road but what-a-road! It climbs quite a way, great views, can come down the power line back to ComSat.

Another nice town trail is accessed from the Overlook. This is a loop that can be extended from 1K to 3K. It drops sharply at first but then is flat (back up the hill to the start).

The trail to Montana Creek Falls is a good day hike, with rough creekside camping. Access this trail off the Talkeetna Spur Road, Mile 3 Yoder Road. Cross the Million Dollar Bridge and the trailhead is on the left with limited parking. It is 6-8 hour hike round trip, about 8 miles. Prepare to get your feet wet. The trail is sometimes maintained but not much used. It goes along the creek and then climbs above the falls. A rocky path then meanders down to base of falls. This is a moderate to sort-of-strenuous hike.

More Information
DNR Public Info Center
3601 C Street Suite 200
Anchorage AK 99503
(907) 269-8400

Alaska Public Lands Info
605 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Canoeing in Paradise

Paradise Lodge and Cabins is located on the end of Fish Lake; there are resident swans and loons on the lake.

Both moose and bear frequent the marsh and areas surrounding the lake as well as beaver and migratory fowl. You can canoe across the lake and make your own hiking trail or just go out to enjoy the midnight sun and take some spectacular photos.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aerial Tours

You will talk about this tour forever! This flight will take you completely around Mt. McKinley. Begin with the McKinley Flyer route and see the south side of Mt. McKinley, including the Kahiltna Glacier, McKinley's famous west buttress, Sheldon Amphitheater, Ruth Glacier, and the Great Gorge. Then fly across the divide to see McKinley's incredible Wickersham Wall, a 14,000 foot continuous rise of rock and ice. Our guests claim this flight is the highlight of their entire Alaska experience.

Touch down for a landing at the Sheldon Amphitheater. Enjoy the stillness of the mountains broken only by the far off rumble of distant rock and ice slides.

Learn the history and geology of the area while you take in a bird's eye view of this beautiful wilderness. Make certain to bring your camera and sunglasses. Headsets are provided so you can enjoy both music and pilot narration as you soar over the rugged peaks of the Alaska Range.

 

Jet Boat Canyon Tour

Experience high excitement and whitewater on the Talkeetna Canyon Tour. You will travel 50 miles roundtrip through the entirety of the lower Talkeetna Canyon.

Hold on tight as you travel through class 3 and 4 whitewater! Marvel at the sheer rock walls of the canyon that close in upon you while passing through stretches of river that have been narrowed to 10 yards by these canyon walls.

This is a high adventure trip, designed for the hardy adventurer wishing to experience the thrill of the ultimate Alaskan river experience.

Naturalists will acquaint you with the wildflowers and plants that grow in abundance along the river system and you will learn about the edible plants that were used by the Native Indians for cooking and medicines.

As you travel into the remote Alaskan wilderness you will have opportunities to view nesting bald eagles, beaver activity, and moose and you just might see black bear and grizzly bear roaming the shore. Stand in the splendor of Denali and the Alaska Range from a spectacular vantage point on the Susitna River!

The tour is for the more adventuresome soul. Dress warmly and wear comfortable and sturdy walking shoes. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this incredible experience.

A boxed lunch is included in this half day adventure. Experience the unforgettable beauty of this vast and remote wilderness on this four hour river adventure.

Wildlife, folklore, artifacts, majestic scenery at every turn and high adventure combine to make this an unforgettable and exciting Alaskan river experience.

River Rafting Tours

Few places in the world can equal the scale and beauty of Mt. McKinley and the Alaska Range. On this two hour narrated Talkeetna River Natural History Float Trip, you will see spectacular vistas of this magnificent scenery. Explore the lower end of the famous Talkeetna River, which is steeped in history and the Alaskan pioneering spirit.

At the river's edge, you will participate in a brief safety lecture before launching and floating down six to eight miles of pristine river. The Talkeetna River is a glacier-fed waterway teeming with salmon and other wildlife. Your guide is versed in describing the flora, fauna, and scenery along the way. You will look for bears, eagles, fish, beavers, moose, fox, and waterfowl during this float. You will stop to visit two active Bald Eagles' nests, see beaver dams, look for bear tracks, and float past an old miner's cabin... all before joining the mighty Susitna River for the loop back to Talkeetna.

On the Susitna River, there is a stunning view of Mt. McKinley (20,320') and the entire Alaska Range. On clear days, the view is amazing. There will be plenty of opportunities to take photos!

Dog Mushing Tour

Just 35 miles north of Iditarod headquarters and the sled dog capital of the world, Talkeetna is at the heart of the home training ground for world champion mushers and their racing teams.

Tours begin at the little log office in downtown Talkeetna, with a short narrated bus trip, describing the history of Talkeetna and sled dog racing. You will visit an authentic Alaskan log cabin, watch a brief video on the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, meet the dogs, see a demonstration of sled harnessing and mushing preparation. Learn about the winter training program to get these dogs ready for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, held annually in March. You may opt for the sled dog ride on local trails through some beautiful and peaceful scenery. You will also get a chance to hold and play with our future champions, the puppies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter in Talkeetna

Stay in one of our cozy log cabins, nestled in the midst of 20 wooded acres, off the busy tourist trail. Enjoy the comfort of our heated cabins which present: wood crafted full-sized bunks, linens, towels, propane cook stove and propane lights, all cooking equipment, table, and sofa chairs.

During the winter months (October through March) we are open only on Friday and Saturday evenings. Group reservations are available upon request for nights other than Friday or Saturday.

What is there to do in winter Paradise?

  • Snowmobiling: Many trails in the area are accessible just minutes from the lodge.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Be sure to bring your skis!
  • Scenic Flights
  • Hiking: Hike around the cabins or to the lake.
  • Dog mushing: Rides and lessons are available by appointment.
  • Winter Interpretive and Interactive Program