Rafting & Hiking the Talkeetna River

Talkeetna, Alaska

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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.


Duration: 6 Days
Starts in: Talkeetna, Alaska
Ends in: Talkeetna, Alaska
Group Size: 6-12

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MT Sobek

MT Sobek, the originators, innovators and leaders in adventure travel for more than five decades, crafts journeys to the world's most memorable places.


Arrive in Talkeetna

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.

Denali Flight to Riverside Camp

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.

Falls Creek Hike

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.

Raft the Talkeetna River to The Canyon

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.

Raft to Disappointment Creek

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.

Jet Boat Back to Talkeetna

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.


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