Hidden Alaska lodge is located in unit 16B of the Alaska Range and provides our most deluxe accommodations, with a private guest cabin and Norwegian steam sauna. This area borders Denali National Park and Preserve in a terrain of low mountains and boreal forest. The main lodge looks over a grassy slope to the lake where you will land via floatplane on your arrival. The lodge has electric power via a generator, so you can charge your camera batteries or other devices while you relax in the main lodge, perhaps watching a movie or telling hunting stories over a hot cup of coffee, after a hard day of hunting in the field.
Come on out to the lodge and take advantage of this tremendous opportunity! Hunts are conducted from the lodge from mid-August to mid October. We also offer spring bear hunts out of the lodge. The fall hunt is typically done using four-wheelers to access the trailhead, and then we hike a short distance into the hunt area from there. We’ll frequently set a comfortable spike camp in the hunting area to take advantage of the prime morning and evening hunting hours. Spring hunts are done via snowmachine.
Multi-species hunts are very popular out of the lodge. Brown / grizzly bear populations are good, along with black bear. Our moose numbers are on the increase and we are seeing a number of larger bulls every fall. Caribou hunting is available on a limited basis, for those who enjoy a physically challenging hunt.
Bear hunts usually involve spike camps in alpine areas, from which we glass the mountainsides for bears feeding on the abundant blueberries and huckleberries found there. Moose hunts may be done by hunting the game trail systems out of the lodge, or out of spike camps at treeline, as circumstances require.
(Right guides and client glass for moose and bear high above the lodge accessed by our fleet of 4-wheelers.)
Virtually all of our spring brown / grizzly bear hunts are conducted out of the lodge. We may opt to use the lodge as a base camp, and run the full seven miles above treeline where we can glass for bears emerging from their dens. But on some hunts, we will camp out above the treeline for several days, in order to maximize our opportunities of spotting an emerging bear.
What to Expect
The advantages of hunting out of the lodge are numerous. The most obvious is the comfort of having a nice bunk to sleep in, a wood stove, home-cooked meals and a roof over your head. The lodge also offers a Norwegian-style steam sauna where you can relax as you bathe. Several trails lead from the lodge to excellent hunting areas, making it possible to experience several hunts out of the lodge without covering the same ground excessively. The lodge is very popular with couples, because it provides privacy in a very comfortable setting.
(Right, our camp cook Chantrelle is steaming up some fresh king crab. Just let Buck know any special food needs and he will ensure you are treated right.)
The lodge is located about seven miles below tree-line, nestled along side a small lake, surrounded by spruce and birch forest. We may hunt on foot on any of several trails that begin at the lodge, or we may use ATV 4 wheelers as transportation to and from spike camps located above tree-line. On the alpine hunts, glassing and stalking is the preferred method of hunting. Our spike camps offer access to a beautiful clear-water stream that’s loaded with char, grayling, and rainbow trout. If you end up hiking up this stream, you may stay in a smaller trapper’s cabin for a night or three. The warm, snug cabin offers a couple of bunks and a cooking area, and it’s just the place to be if the weather goes down.
Multi-species hunts are very popular out of the lodge. Populations of black bear and grizzly are good, moose numbers are dramatically increasing, and caribou hunting is available on a limited basis, for those who enjoy a physically challenging hunt.
The advantage of hunting out of the lodge is that you have all the comforts of home within a reasonable distance from the hunting area. This hunt is very popular with couples because it offers privacy in a very comfortable setting.
Brown / Grizzly Bear, Black Bear
Our lodge hunters continue to do well on both black bear and grizzly hunts, with good numbers of bears being available. Bear hunts usually involve spike camps in alpine areas, from which we glass the mountainsides for bears feeding on the abundant blueberries and huckleberries found there.
The photo to the left was taken 6 miles above the lodge. Last fall during one hunt we saw 24 black and 3 brown bear in just 2 days on the slopes seen here.
Above is a clip of our main lodge facility.