Summer and Fall activities are available May 15th – September 31st. Contact us to make your reservation!
Allow us to introduce ourselves, owners, Annie & Mike Hopper. There is nothing like summer in Alaska and we embrace every single day. We believe that when visitors decide to get to know a place like the Alaska Range and explore its treasures, they will truly understand how this land transforms people’s lives. We are able to arrange 3-6 day packages for our guests which include guided hikes, fishing trips, sightseeing by plane and canoe trips.
Allow us to share our personal cabin and be prepared to take home memories like no other and explore areas that have taken us years to find. Summer packages provide a worry free way to see Alaska with knowledgeable guides who share their knowledge of the culture, wildlife, the environment, history and the people of this area. Let us take you to visit the sheep on nearby hillsides, hike trails to timberline and enjoy panoramic views of the Alaska Range Mountains and the Delta River. Take flight seeing trips to areas still untouched. Enjoy the quiet, the wildflowers, the wilderness and pristine valleys of the area.
We look forward to sharing the knowledge of the valleys, the rivers, the mountains, the wildlife and nature in a way that most folks only read about. The fall is a remarkable time and the northern lights are spectacular as early as September. Enjoy outings to see see moose in their natural habitat!
Call us about our rates! ADVANCED RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
*A deposit of total of 50% of fees is required on all listed activities, which is non-refundable. Activities will be rescheduled due to weather cancellations within the same calendar year.
Activities depend on guest interest, level of fitness, and weather! Transportation available upon request. Learn more about some of our summer and fall adventures below.s
Local guided hikes
For those who want to walk out of the lodge and onto the trail, our local trails provide guided access to the quartz-streaked bluff that dominates the eastern ridgeline far above the lodge. A 1-½ hour to 2-hour steady climb reaches the timberline and park-like ridges just above treeline. The more adventurous can navigate on their own up beyond the bluff to a distant knife-edge that connects to the south with equally sharp ridges heading back over to nearby Gunnysack Mountain, and in full circle down our trails and ultimately back to the lodge. All in all a great afternoon’s exercise in soul-lifting.
Choose from many amazing hikes, all just a short drive south of the lodge. These hikes can launch you up the drainages of Rainbow Basin, or a side trip to our mountain chalet, and, with a little effort, close-up views of Devil’s Thumb and Mount Silvertip can be found. You can travel on a cable bridge over a rushing river to the face of a glacier. Maps can be provided to the independent hiker.
Views: Ridges and mountain tops are very accessible from the lodge. Views are breathtaking. Better yet, let us fly you to the areas with unamed peaks!
Fishing: There are many local fishing spots, with many species of fish valued by the anglers, including: Rainbow trout, lake trout, Arctic char, northern pike, Dolly Varden, and Arctic grayling.
Many fishing spots are known for their abundance of blueberries.
We can also fly you south to fish for the famous Copper River Salmon! Come fish for the best fish in the world!
The lodge has wonderful wildlife viewing from its decks and from inside the lodge. Caribou sightings are common near Donnelly Dome, just north of the lodge. Wild bison frequent the river beds west of the lodge in the spring and the fall. Our spotting scopes assist you in seeing the sheep, common on the cliffs east the lodge. This area is abundant in moose and we see these massive animals almost daily!
The variety of birds are remarkable. Owls, raptors, and ptarmigan are abundant. From the very smallest, to the very largest, the skies are alive with sound of music!
Mt. Hayes: Come fly near one of the world’s 100 most beautiful mountians, the elegant 13,800 ft Mt. Hayes. Retrace the steps of Bradford Washburn, his wife Barbara, and small climbing party as they sought the first route up the long and winding northwest ridge in 1941. (Mt. Hayes wouldn’t be climbed again for another 40 years, in 1984!) Delicate alpine flowers dot the glacial moraine of its side valleys.
Alaska Range: Join us and explore the Alaska Range where undiscovered places still exist and stillness is still possible. Our small landing strip provides easy access for small planes and quick sightseeing trips into the range. Glacier landings are available.
Trident Glacier: Unknown to most, the Trident Glacier area provides accessible and amazing experiences. If you were ever lost, you could be found again once seeing this transformative place.
The Black Rapids Glacier: The Black Rapids Glacier, also known as the “Galloping Glacier” is famous for its surge in 1936, advancing over 225 feet a day! This glacier is only a 30-minute flight west of the lodge!
Rainbow Basin: Adventures up into the Rainbow Basin area promise spectacular views of the Deltas, the mountain playground north and gorgeous peaks with fairytale names – White Princess, Snow White, M’lady, Old Snowy – punctuating your horizon as far as you can see. It is only with great reluctance that you will abandon this view and return the way you came. It is like turning off the light after your mom read you a fanciful bedtime story.
A truly amazing experience exploring nearby ice caves – other close by trails lead up to the glacier nearby the ice caves!
More info coming soon!
Safety and Risk Management:
Due to the nature of outdoor travel there are certain inherent risks in all Outdoor Adventure’s trips. Acceptable risks include traveling with a daypack for several miles over uneven terrain, consisting of ditches, frozen rivers and creeks, as well as up and down inclined slopes. Conditions may include below zero temperatures, snow showers, and high winds. Driving risks may include slick and snowy roads, poor visibility, and wildlife. Please note that trip cancellations are possible with temperatures colder than -20F. It is important to recognize that you are voluntarily participating in this activity. By choosing to participate, you agree that you appreciate and accept responsibility for these risks. Alaska is a wild place. Your safety is our highest priority.
*All guides have the ability to contact the lodge. Guides are trained in first aid for outdoor emergencies.
**Most travel is within 1-2 hours of the lodge.
The Lodge at Black Rapids
227.4 Richardson Highway
Delta Junction, Alaska 99737