During our backcountry trip we head from McGrath to Takotna following the Iditarod Trail, explore the fascinating village and fly back to McGrath.

  • Duration: 3 days / 2 nights
  • Dates: January – April depending on annual conditions
  • Distance: 25 miles
  • Rate: 389 USD / person
  • Group size: 2 to 8 persons
  • Choice of equipments: classic cross-country skis, backcountry skis, fat-bike
  • Gears needed: warm clothes, sport clothes, sleeping bag -20° F (will not use), snacks

Day 1: McGrath to Takotna (17 miles)

After an early breakfast and short safety briefing at the roadhouse, we head from McGrath to Takotna following the trail. On the way we take the time to observe and understand the wildlife. We have great chances to see moose and calf, white hare, wolf tracks and meet inter-village snowmachiners making the junction between the two villages.

After a good break and a nice viewpoint we arrive at the village in the late afternoon. We spend our first evening and night at the community lodge of Takotna.

Day 2: Tour of Takotna (8 miles)

In the morning we follow the large gravel road that leads to Ophir. The journey offers various scenic views over the valley. Once we reach a pass, we start our long descent back to Takotna. Afterward we spend the rest of the day visiting the nice village, through colorful houses and surrounding curiosities. In addition the most curious – and courageous – of us can reach the bridge of Takotna or one of the airstrips. Spending an entire day around Takotna is the perfect opportunity to meet with local residents and taste true alaskan hospitality.

Alaska Iditarod Takotna building

Day 3: Fly back to McGrath

On the third morning we leave Takotna and take the direction of the airport. We fly back to McGrath with a small plane and enjoy scenic views offered by the flight.

Alaska Iditarod Takotna aerial shot