Treks

 alaska range collage
 
This hike winds throughout the rugged Alaska Range, skirting the southern flanks of magnificent mountains and high glaciers. 
 After equipment familiarization, gear shakedown, and backcountry protocol training, you will be taken to the starting point near Kesugi Ridge. From there your guide will lead you on a true wilderness hike though the tundra in the Alaska Range, including Denali National Park. 
 
There are no developed trails here, so you will be choosing your own paths through the mountain passes and streams. Often Denali (Mt. McKinley) will reveal itself on the horizon. There are caribou, Dahl sheep, wolves, and moose in the area. Bald eagles and bear may also be spotted. 
 
The trip length is variable and determined by you! Choose between five and 50 miles. Hiking varies from easy to strenuous. 
 
 

backpacking

Are you looking for something that Philmont just couldn't give you? Alaska is home to some of the best backpacking in the world! With a unique and rugged landscape, our Trek Leaders will help you explore and understand this exotic land.

We offer backpacking treks that vary in level of difficulty. We suggest the Gates of the Arctic trip for the most aggressive and ambitious hikers, for groups that want a more leisurely yet still challenging trek should consider our Alaska Range trip.

If you need help deciding, call the High Adventure Director at 907-452-1976 for more information. I met him once.

 

Alaska Range (Denali State Park)

Pinnell Mountain (Steese National Conservation Area)

Prindle Mountain ( White Mountains national Recreation Area)

Gates of the Arctic (coming soon)

 

 

 

The premier Alaskan High Adventure outdoor experience for scouts. Backpacking, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more!

Thank you for your interest in the programs of the Northern Lights High Adventure Base. The Midnight Sun Council, Boy Scouts of America, based in Fairbanks, Alaska, operates the Base.

The mission of the Base is to provide a remote outdoor experience to youth and adults within the Scouting program.

See more...

Product of the Month!

HA fleece front

Category: FAQs

Ready to plan Trip. How do I make a reservation?

1042

The first step to planning your Northern Lights High Adventure Expedition is to answer the following questions:
1) Which trek do we want to attend? See pg. 7 for more information on the treks.
2) What day do we want to arrive? Arrival dates are flexible on a first come, first serve basis.
3) How long of a trip do we want? From 3 days to 3 weeks we have an option for you!
4) How many crews will we need? Some trips are restricted in size due to land use permits. See fee section for more details.
Once you have answered all of the above questions, contact NLHA to make your reservation. After reserving your trip, you will have 3 weeks to turn in your $330 deposit per crew (note: if making reservation after January 1, we require a $1,100 deposit per crew).

 

What are the Requirements to Attend NLHA?

tangle 2

 

Each Crew must have:
➢ A minimum of two adults (one of which must be at least 21 years of age and registered with the BSA). There are no gender restrictions for leadership except for co-ed Exploring post or Venturing crews, which must have both male and female leadership 21 years old or older.
➢ 1 adult leader trained in the following:
o Wilderness First Aid (16 hour course)
o CPR
o Weather Hazards
o Safe Swim Defense
o Safety Afloat
➢ All adult leaders must be trained in Youth Protection

All participants:
➢ Must be 14 years of age or have completed 8th Grade upon arrival at NLHA
➢ Must weigh 100 LBS and no more than 295 LBS- more information on pg. 20
➢ Must have a current (within 12 months) and complete BSA Health and Medical Record
➢ Must be classified as a BSA swimmer*
➢ Must be a registered Boy Scout, Explorer or Venturer
*Swim Checks will be done at Lost Lake Camp by our Life Guards in order to verify that participants are able to swim in Alaskan waters.

Category: Resources

Trail Programs and Policies-part 1

Secure Your Food

Grizzly

Bears, chipmunks, mice and other rodents are fond of trail food. Northern Lights High Adventure provides bear canisters for your food and ‘smellables’ at night. Use of the canisters is necessary. Remember, perfumed items (toothpaste, soaps, lip balm, etc.) may smell like food. Your Trek Leader will advise you on what to do and how to do it. Whether on the trail or on base, do not take food into any tent or cabin. 

Respect Wildlife

We are visitors in the wilderness – please be responsible and courteous guests. Do not bother or provoke wildlife. Animals should be enjoyed from a distance and should never be fed.

Purify All Drinking Water

All water from all natural sources - including springs, streams and lakes must be purified by bringing it to a rolling boil, treated with chemical purifier or filtered. 

 

Trail Programs and Policies-part 6

Youth Protection Policy and Abuse

Boy Scouts of America’s Youth Protection Policies must be adhered to. No one-on-one activities between youth and adults are allowed. The BSA two deep leader policies must be followed. No youth and adults are allowed in the same tents (except family members). Physical, sexual or emotional abuse (including hazing) of a camper by his or her peers or by an adult leader is unacceptable anywhere. Reporting of abuse is the law. The local, county, state or provincial authorities as well as the BSA Council representatives will be contacted if abuse is suspected.

birch creek

Forest Fires

Our forests are a beautiful and valuable heritage. If you spot a fire or think you have, report it to your Trek Leader, who will report it to the base director by radio or phone. Your crew should not attempt to fight wildfires and should quickly leave the area. Because of the wilderness status, some of the areas which have naturally occurring fires may be left to burn naturally. Other man-caused fires may be extinguished. Trained fire fighters will monitor or extinguish the fires accordingly.

 

Trail Programs and Policies-part 4

Rock Throwing

Rock throwing is prohibited. 

Solo Canoeingbackground4

There will be no solo canoeing. There must be a minimum of two canoes at all times with 2 canoeists in each canoe.

Boots and Shoes

You must wear boots or shoes in all wilderness trail campsites, while canoeing, swimming, fishing, etc. Bare feet and under-protected feet are a major cause of foot injuries.

Reservations Category

Email Subscription

A: 1400 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701

T: (907) 452-1976

E: clinton.stewart@scouting.org

W: high.alaskahighadventure.com

Go to top