We stayed at the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge for one night during our cruise / land tour package last July. (1st week) I didn't spend much time in the room, but my wife did. She liked it and had no complaints. It is not luxury, but it is spacious, clean and very nice.
Upon arrival and check in I had to board a bus to go fishing in Talkeetna. It was about an hour away and is a beautiful little town. I had a great time fishing. I even got to 'meet' a grizzly bear when he came out of the bushes across the river. (about 35-40 yards away) I gave his his space and went back upstream. I caught a couple of trout and three large king salmon. All safely released.
By the time I got back to the Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge it was after 10PM and the sun was still up! The restaurant in the bar was open so I ordered up a burger and enjoyed it.
My wife walked the trails while I was fishing and I decided to do the same after I ate. Weird feeling being so close to midnight and it was dusk still. It was foggy and cloudy but very beautiful. People that complain about "nothing to do" are not the kind that would appreciate the beauty this lodge has to offer. Walking the trails and taking in what was around was enough for me.
On my way back to the room (about 2:00AM) I stopped by the front desk. There is a weather posting there. My wife did not see Mount McKinley as it was overcast / cloudy most of the day. I caught a glimpse of the mountain for a few minutes while fishing.
I asked the person at the desk what the odds were of seeing the mountain the next morning. Slim to none I was told as the weather was murky. I left my room number for a wake up call just in case.
At 7:00AM the phone rang, "the mountain is out!". I jumped out of bed like a kid on Christmas morning. Brushed my teeth, got dressed and went to the deck by the main lodge. The view was spectacularly impressive! Bright blue skies and not a cloud around. Asides from the wispy cloud the mountain was forming at the summit. The mountain does create it's own weather.
I stayed out watching the mountain for a couple of hours until our bus came to take us to our next destination.
Friendly staff, magnificent scenery, and good fishing made this one of my favorite parts of our two week journey.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Travelocity so you can book your Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Mt. Mckinley Princess Wilderness Hotel Trapper Creek
- Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge Alaska/Trapper Creek