Hulahula Rafting- Sierra Club Custom

Hulahula Rafting- Sierra Club Custom


June 11, 2016 - June 18, 2016


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge





June 11, 2016 - June 18, 2016


Arctic National Wildlife Refuge



Raft from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Ocean on the fast-paced Hulahula River. This rafting trip has it all; long day-hikes, whitewater rafting, arctic wildlife, spring wildflowers and even a walk on the frozen arctic ocean. Traverse the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge on this classic rafting trip from the mountains to the sea.



Last updated: September 27, 2016


What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.

June 10

Pre-trip meeting with your guides in Fairbanks.

June 11

Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River, the Arctic Circle, and the Brooks Range, then down the Hulahula to the northern edge of the mountains. Once the plane is unloaded,  we make a comfortable camp, have a good dinner, and watch the sun refuse to set!  Welcome to the arctic!  We can climb a small hill for a lovely view of the valley ahead.

June 12 - 16

We’ll paddle and hike our way down the Hulahula River, allowing a couple layover days for hiking and exploring.  We’ll take a layover in the mountains, and another on the river’s delta en route to the Arctic Ocean. With a fast current and only 55 miles to paddle there should be plenty of time to relax, explore and enjoy the Arctic Refuge.

June 17

If the group is excited for a good challenge, we make our way through the river’s delta and then paddle out into the Arctic Ocean. Just offshore is a long barrier island and then thousands of miles of sea ice. Here we make camp at the end of the earth and maybe even take a dip in the frozen ocean.

June 18

Awake this morning at the northern edge of the continent.  Weather permitting, we get a quick flight to the Inupiat Village of Kaktovik and then a longer flight back south across the Brooks Range, the Arctic Circle, and the Yukon River to Fairbanks arriving late in the day.  Time to change your socks!

Such a joy to spend days where time was meaningless.  A wonderful adventure and I would like to return next year for a longer, more challenging trip.

You mentioned to me in an email that you have terrific guides - you do indeed.  Dave is a superb guide. He is personable, knowledgeable about the Arctic, and has excellent group management skills. I appreciated the time he spent teaching me to read the map, which is not easy without trails.   He allowed Adrian and me to hike at our own pace and he encouraged all of us to explore the area surrounding our campsites. I know the others would concur in my praise.

- Sandra, California, USA



Transportation beyond Fairbanks, food while in the wilderness, stoves, cooking & eating utensils, boats, paddles, life jackets, safety & repair gear and professional guide service. Select rental equipment is available through Arctic Wild and is included in the price of this trip.


Lodging (e.g. if the weather delays flights from Kaktovik at trip’s end, you will need to get yourself a hotel room in the village.), non-camp meals, personal clothing and gear, fishing gear, and fishing license. Gratuity for guide(s).


Temperatures vary dramatically in the Arctic and can range from the 20s to 70s.  When the wind comes from the north, the temperature can drop to below freezing. Cold rains and snow are possible, but we get lots of sunny weather this time of the year.  With luck this trip is prior to the “bug season” but bring along a mosquito head net and a small bottle of DEET repellent. Better safe than sorry.


Land of Extremes, Alex Huryn; Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska Geographic; Midnight Wilderness, Debbie Miller; Being Caribou, Karsten Heuer; Caribou & the Barren-Lands, George Calef; Fifty Years Below Zero, Charles Brown. More Alaska reading is available from our Bookstore.

"The wilderness was spectacular, the leadership perfect."
"I am just finishing my tenth trip with you guys. As always, the trip was more than I expected and I had a great time. See you next year!"
"Of all outfitters with whom we have worked (and that is quite a number), you were by far the most organized and responsive."
"That feeling of wide open wonder, the possibilities for nearly limitless wandering, and the image of those proud caribou...that will stay with me a long time"
"Our guide was an encyclopedia on legs. He was always willing and ready to teach, to talk, to listen, to do another hike, or to lie low in camp if we were beat. He truly gave us the trip we wanted!"
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