The Big Easy: Backpack Alaska

Plan your perfect Alaskan trip–from a budget-friendly weekend to an entry-level expedition–with field reports from Steve Howe.

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Backpackers regard Alaska the way surfers view Hawaii: Going there is a rite of passage. But too often, hikers think that the truly wild side of Alaska is accessible only to big spenders with heaps of experience and a bush plane. Wrong. Last summer, our team spent more than a month scouting trips. Result: 10 life-list adventures for every hiker and budget.*

Castner Glacier

Devil’s Pass

Grizzly Pass

Harding Icefield

The Goat Trail

Destinatons Alaska: Johnson Pass

Flute Glacier

Lost Lake, Chugach Mountains

Thompson Pass

*Total trip costs–after airfare, including ground transportation and food–start at just $200 per person for two hikers.


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