Twin Lakes Paddle
Destinations Destinations
Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park and Preserve
Activity Activity
Family, Trekking & Hiking, Nature & Wildlife, Active, Backpacking, Water Sports
Tour Type Tour Type
Group tour
Physical Level Physical Level
Season Season
May - August

Good to know

  • Operated by Alaska Alpine Adventures, the leading Alaska adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

Twin Lakes exudes the truest essence of Lake Clark National Park; a wilderness nirvana, where the allure of living a more simple life, in tune with nature and the changing seasons will certainly captivate you. With inflatable kayaks providing unlimited access to the waterways, you’ll paddle and camp along the shorelines of both Upper and Lower Twin Lakes. Along the way you’ll stop to stretch your legs hiking into the valleys of Hope and Beech Creeks, climbing into Low Pass, and making a loop through the curiously named Death Valley. These day hikes offer a nice compliment to the clear water kayaking and offer amazing views of the Twin Lakes basin!

Tour itinerary

What you'll see and do

Anchorage and Port Alsworth

This morning an Alaska Alpine Adventures representative will pick you up in Anchorage by 8:15, You’ll start the day with an orientation and gear check at the Anchorage facility before heading to Merrill Field for the flight from Anchorage to Port Alsworth, and of the most stunning bush flights in Alaska. Your guide(s) will greet you when you land, and as you enjoy a delicious lunch along the shores of Lake Clark, you’ll discuss the adventure and wrap up the trip orientation. Then you'll load into float planes and lift off into the afternoon skies bound for Lower Twin Lake; a spectacular 30 minute flight. You’ll set up camp at Beech Creek near the stream connecting lower and upper Twin Lakes, while you begin to absorb the solitude of this sublime wilderness. After your first delicious wilderness dinner, you’ll have the chance to relax on the sandy beach in front of camp and enjoy the magnificence of Twin Lakes.

Includes: lunch, dinner
Death Valley

Today you’ll hoist daypacks and head off to explore an area locally known as “Death Valley.” This fluvial filled wash is as spectacular as it is surreal, and it leads directly into the open tundra country above the lake. You’ll approach death valley via a narrow pass with spectacular views of the mountains surrounding Twin Lakes.

Distance: 4-5 miles. Elevation gain: 1500'-2000'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lower Twin kayaking

After yet another great breakfast, and a thorough kayaking orientation from your guides, you’ll load the kayaks and begin paddling up the shores of Lower Twin, spending the day kayaking, picnicking for lunch, and enjoying the remote splendor of this special slice of Alaskan wilderness. Heading out onto the lake, you’ll scope the shores for wildlife and enjoy the dramatic and rugged mountains that surround basin. With plenty of Alaska's summer daylight, you’ll grab a couple of energy bars and start another hike in search of more wildlife and alpine tundra. Return to camp for another amazing dinner.

Kayaking distance: 3-4 miles. Hiking distance: 3-4 miles. Elevation gain: 1000'-1500'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Upper Twin kayaking

Start the day lining the kayaks up the connecting stream. After a couple of hours of walking the boats up the creek, you’ll be kayaking the azure waters of Upper Twin Lake, paddling toward Hope Creek and camp for the final two nights. Pause at Emerson Creek for a hike up to Emerson Falls before jumping back into the kayaks to continue toward Hope Creek. Camping near the mouth of Hope Creek allows a short walk to the Dick Proenneke site. After a hearty dinner, you’ll make your first visit to Proenneke’s cabin – his year-round home from 1968-98.

Hiking distance: 3-4 miles. Kayaking distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain: 500’

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hike to Cowgill Benches

A visit to Twin Lakes, and Hope Creek in particular, wouldn't be complete without a hike to Eye of the Needle - an obscure rock formation at the head of one of the many tributaries of Hope Creek. This full-day hike takes you up to the Cowgill Benches before heading into alpine tundra, keeping a look out for glimpses of Dall’s sheep. Traverse a beautiful canyon and negotiate thousand year old game trails on the way to the head of the alpine valley. The day concludes with another great dinner and, as always, a home-baked dessert that will initiate a good night’s sleep.

Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 2500'-3000'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Port Alsworth

After a leisurely breakfast, you’ll break camp and prepare for the float plane flight back to Port Alsworth, taking the rest of the time in the wilderness immersing ourselves in the Proenneke site and perhaps even doing a short hike to Teetering Rock – a Proenneke favorite. By early evening you’ll be at the Farm Lodge in Port Alsworth, and checked into the beautiful lakeside cabins. After hot showers and a celebratory dinner in the lodge dining room, you’ll tally up your wildlife sightings, and attempt to absorb the solace that Proenneke himself must have felt after spending 30 years at Twin Lakes.

Distance: 2-3 miles. Elevation gain: 500'-1000'

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Where you'll stay
Farm Lodge

Farm Lodge

Tanalian Falls and Anchorage

fter an amazing breakfast at the lodge, you’ll spend the day hiking to Tanalian Falls before paying an afternoon visit to the Lake Clark National Park visitor’s center, where you’ll have a chance to purchase maps and postcards, enjoy multiple interpretive displays and videos, and share your experience with park staff. You’ll then board a late afternoon charter flight back to Anchorage.

Distance: 5 miles. Elevation gain: 800'

Includes: breakfast, lunch

Upcoming departures

Departing Returning    
7 Jun 2020 13 Jun 2020 Enquire
21 Jun 2020 27 Jun 2020 Enquire
5 Jul 2020 11 Jul 2020 Enquire
19 Jul 2020 25 Jul 2020 Enquire
16 Aug 2020 22 Aug 2020 Enquire
30 Aug 2020 5 Sep 2020 Enquire
More dates available   Enquire

Good to know

  • Operated by Alaska Alpine Adventures, the leading Alaska adventure travel specialists.
  • Max 8 people with guest to guide ratio 1:4 for safety and risk management.
  • All camping and safety equipment provided (satellite phone, maps, GPS, and medical kit).
  • Fully qualified expert mountaineering guides.
  • 24/7 support.

Tour inclusions

Get in touch now for more details

Included Accommodation

Five nights camping. All equipment provided: expedition quality tents, group tarps, all cooking equipment & eating utensils, basecamp privy with toilet supplies. Lodging on the night six at the Farm Lodge on Lake Clark.

Included Guided excursions

Professional guide service at a maximum 4:1 guest to guide ratio.

Included All meals

All meals from lunch on day one through lunch on the final day of the itinerary. Breakfasts include steel cut oats, scrambles, homemade granola and cereal, locally roasted coffee, assorted tea and cocoa. Lunches could include an Italian club torta sandwich, asiago bagels and Alaska lox, a curried tuna pita, crackers with genoa salami with a roasted red pepper goat cheese spread. Snack mixes and energy bars available throughout the day. Dinners could include pasta carbonara, Alaska reindeer rotini, chicken and chipotle enchiladas, and more. Vegetarian and special dietary requirements catered for on request.

Included Ground transfers
  • Ground transportation to Merrill Field on Day 1
  • Round trip bush flight transportation from Anchorage to Port Alsworth
  • Exhilarating 30-minute floatplane flight from Lake Clark to Lower Twin Lake.


What people are saying about Alaska Alpine Adventures

Jill Dobbs

It was a perfect trip. There was no way to improve it. How many trips in a lifetime does that happen? What a great company - cheers!

Laurie Radheshwar

Alaska Alpine Adventures even arranged gorgeous weather for us! My complaint is that Prem and I gained a couple pounds while hiking and kayaking because of all the wonderful food.

Robert Hoefer

Totally awesome ... how's that? First-class operation all-around. There wasn't one missed beat the entire trip, from the transportation, the food, our guide, and of course the locations. I'd recommend you guys without reservation (and I'll probably see you again next year).



From only

$3,450 pp

Request a detailed itinerary

Your details are safe and will not be used for any other purpose. By clicking 'Send' you agree to our Privacy Policy

Other tours you might like

Why Horizon Guides?

Impartial guidebooks

Impartial guidebooks

Our travel guides are written by the leading experts in their destinations. We never take payment for positive coverage so you can count on us for impartial travel advice.

Expert itineraries

Expert itineraries

Suggested itineraries and routes to help you scratch beneath the surface, avoid the tourist traps, and plan an authentic, responsible and enjoyable journey.

Specialist advice

Specialist advice

Get friendly, expert travel advice and custom itineraries from some of the world’s best tour operators, with no spam, pressure or commitment to book.