Spectacular Alaska scenery turns to a steep, fast-water canyon on this adrenaline-packed whitewater adventure on the turquoise Talkeetna River. Part of the appeal is the river's remote location; getting there is an adventure in itself - involving an optional train ride from Anchorage and a bush flight into the mountains paired with dazzling views of Denali. From remarkable hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing to riverside camping in breathtakingly beautiful spots, you'll get a unique opportunity to experience the glory of Alaska's nature up close as you raft 100 miles.
Raft the swift Talkeetna River through a fast-water canyon - considered the best all-around whitewater river in Alaska
Take in Denali from the air on a scenic flight over the mountains and tundra
Explore the quaint Alaskan town of Talkeetna, the gateway to Denali National Park
Welcome to Talkeetna! Arrive by 4pm to spend time exploring this pretty railroad town, located at the end of a paved spur road and a prime gateway to Denali National Park's rugged south district. If the weather is kind, enjoy your first views of Denali (20,310) and the mighty Alaska Range. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight.
Rise for a scenic charter flight, with majestic views of Denali - the tallest peak in North America, and land at a remote airstrip where your camp awaits. In the afternoon, hike to a panoramic viewpoint overlooking the vast Alaskan landscape and the serpentine course of the Talkeetna River.
Wake for a delicious breakfast at the camp and set out to explore the Alaskan brush and expansive vistas in the area. Take in the plunging double waterfall at Falls Creek, opt to spend the day fishing in the Talkeetna River, or just enjoy the solitude and beauty of the grand Alaskan wilderness.
After a riverside breakfast, camp is packed up and loaded onto the rafts. Begin a pleasant rafting day with mellow rapids, and Class II and Class III busy water. Along the way enjoy exciting wildlife viewing, with a high likelihood of seeing bears. At camp enjoy the endless Alaskan day, where the summer sun barely sets.
At this stretch, the river becomes hemmed in by dense, impenetrable thickets and steep canyon walls. Cross the Entrance Exam rapid before coming to the Talkeetna River's most challenging one, the famed Toilet Bowl (Class IV). This fast-paced river has few eddies as it races through the deep, mossy gorge that some consider "the longest rapid in Alaska." Make camp at Disappointment Creek and enjoy a spot of evening fishing or camp-side relaxation.
After breakfast at camp, enjoy a thrilling close to the last day on the river with a scenic jet-boat ride back to Talkeetna. Celebrate your wild adventure with well-deserved libations.
MT Sobek has been rafting in Alaska for over 35 years, working with the most capable and experienced local river guides.
No other outfitter operates this river trip with extended hiking and jet boating.
This itinerary offers a unique way to explore the Denali area with epic views of mountains from the river.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Excellent Class II-IV rafting along the fast-flowing Talkeetna River, hikes through majestic Alaskan landscapes, extraordinary wildlife spotting and fishing, and riverside camping.
After the first evening in a comfortable hotel in Talkeetna, MT Sobek riverside camps, with meals served around the campfire beneath the stars.
Enjoy mild summers, with almost daily light rain, and occasional chilly beezes. Expect daytime temperatures between 55-75°F with evenings between 40-55°F.
Yes, it's just a quick 4-hour train ride on the Alaska Denali Star that departs daily, or a 2.5-hour drive.
There are a few ways. You can fly into Anchorage and take the Classic Alaskan Denali Star train, or you can rent a vehicle and drive.
Yes, but luckily very few.
You'll never sleep so well outside - under the starry skies as the roaring river lulls you to sleep. We provide an expedition tent, freshly laundered sleeping bag, a small pillow, and sleeping pad to each of our guests.
While most of the trip is a float trip, the Canyon section of the Talkeetna River is the longest and most continuous rapid in Alaska.
We provide most specialty gear needed - a tent, sleeping bag, small pillow, sleeping pad, two dry bags for packing (1 for sleeping kit, 1 for personal clothes), a well-sized life jacket, a paddle, Heli Hansen raingear and boots.
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