Gates of the Arctic Parks & Trails
Nestled in the Arctic Circle is the Brooks Range—an untamed wilderness that offers unparalleled backpacking experiences with the best off-trail hiking in the state. For a great wilderness adventure here, take a backpacking tour or go rock climbing through the Arrigetch Valley.
Parks & Trails
Camp beneath the iconic Arrigetch Peaks — a great destination for backpackers and hardcore climbers alike. 22 miles minimum — 12 miles one-way from the float plane drop off to the Arrigetch Valley. Once in the valley, there are many options for day hikes or even climbs, if rock climbing is your objective.
A great “a‑to‑b” style backpacking route that allows backpackers to move through a large portion of the Brooks Range. After a culturally interesting start in the village of Anaktuvuk Pass, travelers are treated vast, trail-less wilderness, stunning views of snowcapped peaks and a high likelihood of close encounters with Alaskan wildlife.
Find out why the Brooks Range is known to have the best off-trail hiking in Alaska. You can choose to trek the entire route from the village of Anaktuvuk Pass to the Dalton Highway or the abbreviated route by chartering a flight to Summit Lake and proceeding in either direction. This trip is exclusively off-trail hiking.