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Lake Front Cabin, Mt. McKinley @ South End of Denali Nat. Park

Tom Hardwick

Member since: 2009
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People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Tom Hardwick

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Calendar last updated:
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Lake Front Cabin, Mt. McKinley @ South End of Denali Nat. Park

People8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Trapper Creek - Amber Lake Rentals

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps up to 8)

New Lake Front Cabin: Fully equipped for your Ultimate Alaskan Experience -

This outstanding property is located near the Southern Edge of Denali National Park, which is 114 miles North of Anchorage. The area boasts some of the best scenery in the interior of Alaska, as well as arguably, the best snow machining in the world. This beautiful cabin is fully furnished with everything you will need for your lakeside vacation, including linens, kitchen appliances, dishes, range/oven, gas BBQ, microwave, flat screen TV with DVD... So reserve your getaway today!

-A large deck overlooks the lake with view of Mt. McKinley.

-Two bedrooms - one with two queen beds, the other with one queen bed overlooking the lake.

-In the summer, there is a dock with canoe, kayak and paddle boat. (Six adult life vests), Some boating skill necessary for kayak and canoe use.

-A wide, gently sloping path for snow machines leads directly from the large multi-car, RV parking area down to the lake.

-Wooded areas surround the property.

-Large birch and evergreen trees enhance the enjoyment of this peaceful setting.

-A huge steel outdoor fire-pit near the waters edge allows a large or small group to spend a warm evening outdoors.

NOTE: For an additional fee there is a first floor family room with an additional kitchen and a larger flat panel TV/surround sound theater area, along with a full bathroom with shower. The rental of the family room increases the occupancy capacity by two, for a total of eight, 8 guests.

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Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Tom Hardwick (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2015

About Tom Hardwick

Our family's moved to Alaska in the early 70's. We moved here for the Alaskan Experience. During our pursuit of that experience the family became involved in staking out Alaskan Open-Entry land and taking advantage of public land auctions. The land this cabin sets on was purchased at auction. Our family grew up on this property and the 5 acres next door. Our children were raised here on weekends and summers at the cabin. We have built and re-built generator systems and installed off-grid electrical systems that now allow the cabins to be enjoyed year round. We have fished the lake extensively in winter and summer... we really know where to catch the Pike that dominate Amber Lake. We've explored the surrounding area in summer and winter for the past 20 years and can tell you where to go for a great experience all year round. We even found the submerged island in the middle of the lake. Let us show you where it is the next time you come to Amber Cove Cabin.

Tom Hardwick purchased this house in 2009

Why Tom Hardwick chose Trapper Creek

My mother purchased this property at a Alaska State Land Auction, site unseen in 1973 when Amber Lake was a fly-in only lake property. Ten years later the road was pushed back to Amber Lake. We then made our first ATV adventure to Amber Lake. This property took our breath away and soon we began building our first cabin. After almost 15 years of week-ends and summers at the cabin and 100's of repeat guests we have just finished our second cabin on the adjacent lot. We are very proud of our NEW cabin, because it boasts all the things we did correctly when building and furnishing the first cabin. We think Amber Cove Cabin will give our guests the best cabin experience ever.

What makes this house unique

Amber Lake is a semi-remote recreation area with fantastic Pike fishing-- nearby streams and lakes offer some of Alaska's finest Salmon, Trout, & Pike fishing. It is less than 20 minutes from Petersville road recreation area. Petersville recreation area is located at the south end of Denali National Park with extensive ATV and snow machine trails. There are also 100's of miles of trails directly from the cabin. Amber Lake is a 2 mile long lake and is perfect for a full spectrum of watersports and winter sports. Float planes often fly in to Amber Lake from Anchorage. Air taxi service can be arranged, along with snow machine and/or ATV rentals.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for providing such a lovely cabin, stocked with so many amenities. We so enjoyed the cozy indoor activities during the soggy weather and ALL the lake fun and outdoor activities during the sunshine! Sadly, no fish or bear sightings, but the crystal clear view of Denali, a real treat!



We could not have asked for a nicer getaway as a family... just perfect!



God Bless,
Aug 2010
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Reviews

4.9
based on 32 holidaymaker reviews

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Lake Front Cabin, Mt. McKinley @ South End of Denali Nat. Park
average rating of 4.90625 based on 37 reviews
Eagle River, Alaska
5

A Little Slice of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we drove down into the driveway of this gorgeous place, we knew we were in for the time of lives. Nancy met us with a smile and an aura of positivity. She showed us around while the kid explored. The cabin is beautifully built. It is clean and well stocked. We had 7 members in our party (three kids 7, 5, 3) and PLENTY of room for activities inside and out. We brought cross country skis, snow shoes, sleds, and snow machines and used every bit of the property and surrounding lake area. We saw thousands of stars at night around the fire pit, Denali during the day, and miles of adventure. We certainly hope to make this a family tradition for many Spring Breaks to come. We would also LOVE to see it in the summer. Thank you so very much Tom, for having us at your little slice of Heaven.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erica: I am so happy your family had a wonderful time and we got some fresh snow for your wintertime Fun. The lake is beautiful in the summer too. We are so glad you got a good little break from the city life.
Colorado Springs, CO
5

Everything and More

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about our stay at the Amber Lake Cabin. Our family of 5 (kids 11, 9, and 6) vacationed in Alaska this summer and chose this as our retreat - we couldn't have been more pleased! The pictures do not do it justice. The cabin was very well appointed and comfortable. The basic amenities (linens, towels, kitchenware, etc.) were all as good as our own home, and the kitchen was well-stocked with spices, condiments, and coffee / hot cocoa, though we had brought our own. It was the "extras" that truly made this place special, however. As advertised, Tom provided bicycles, fishing poles, a paddleboat, kayak, stand-up paddle board, and rubber boat for our use on the lake. We spent 2 whole afternoons playing in the cove and lake - even swimming a bit (the water was chilly, but not cold - at least in late July!). The water was so calm, I just lay on the paddle board and listened to the birds and wind for a while - much needed peace and escape! We made fires in the fire pit and cooked hot dogs, sausages and s'mores. You don't get any of these things at the Princess Cruise Line lodges....

Hal and Nancy (the caretakers) were wonderful. We spent time just chatting and telling stories with them. We didn't get to see their sled dogs, but they offered many times to take us. They were more than willing to get us any assistance required.

To touch on some other renter comments - Yes, at the Amber Lake Cabin you are off the grid. We didn't have cell phone coverage to speak of or reliable WiFi at the cottage. Frankly we didn't need it. We are modern folks and it took a leap of faith at first - but WE DIDN'T NEED IT! Even the kids didn't suffer (much!) - they had to PLAY OUTSIDE! But for those in withdrawal - cell phone coverage picks up a couple of miles from the cabin on the road. Those who wish to rent the cabin - enjoy the peace!

The road is long - 12 miles gravel and 6 miles paved to get back to the Parks Hwy. As long as you budget time (about 30 min) - it wasn't a big deal. NOTHING is close in this part of Alaska. The bigness and remoteness is part of its beauty. We still managed to spend time in Denali - the Park, Husky Homestead, and ATV tour, though I would budget at least an entire early start day for that - maybe 2. We did a flight seeing tour out of Talkeetna (Talkeetna Air Taxi - see my Trip Advisor post about them - they were great) and really had a blast.

We highly recommend the Amber Lake Cabin. Book it and ENJOY!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your accurate review we are remote and that is the allure. If you enjoy being herded around like cattle this is not for you, but privacy serenity and the remote beauty is what we offer.
5

Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

The most tranquil spot ever experienced in my life of 60 years.

Over looking the lake with the most incredible reflections of the trees and clouds, not a sound, not even a breeze, I have never experience tranquility like this before.

The cabin was well equipped with all cooking facilities, comfortable living area, and great beds.

There was a boat and fishing gear provided, unfortunately 3 members of our party were not well so we didn't make use of the equipment.

Care takers, Nancy & Hal were there to meet us, very friendly and helpful.

They invited us to see their huskies and wood cabin, plus Hal took us out on more back roads to try and see some wild life, without success. We thourghly enjoyed our morning with them both.

A wonderful spot for a quiet get away but with activities at the door for every age.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Weekend getaway!!!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, peaceful, quiet! Didn't want for anything! Loved being "off the grid" even if it was only for a weekend:)

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and saw northern lights during your visit!!
5

Going again this year!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful trip last year and are planning on going again this year. Tom was quick to reply and very helpful. Hal was awesome and helped us with everything, even getting our trucks unstuck from the trail :-) (Thanks Again, you're a life saver). Two families went and we had four children with us. We all fit comfortably in the cabin. There are no surprises, it is nice, clean and as described. We loved every second of snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. My favorite part? No cell phone reception. We were completely off the grid for a whole weekend and loved it. I HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for peace, serenity and exclusion. Here is a link to a YouTube video of our weekend get-away. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QRd1Fh1hVA Book it and Have fun, it is WELL worth the money; tell Hal we said hi.

~The Smiths (Visit: Winter 2013)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

No Surprises!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 1st family trip to Alaska. We picked the Amber Lake cabin because of its beautiful serene accommodations. We were not disappointed! The cabin is just as wonderful as the pictures make it out to be. After arriving, it felt like home. Hal and Nancy were very hospitable and friendly care takers. We enjoyed there company and insights on our Alaskan adventure. Remember to make enough time to see Hal and Nancy's dog team! Tom was also accommodating and made sure we had 3 fishing poles. However we found fishing to be unproductive. But the lake view and boat rides were very soothing. I definitely would recommend the cabin to my friends and family. Because of our excellent experience at the cabin without a hitch, I can say in a positive way, No Surprises!

Thanks for a wonderful stay!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Location

Nearest Airport
46 Miles
Talkeetna, Alaska
Nearest Train
47 Miles
Talkeetna, Alaska
Nearest Motorway
18 Miles
George Parks Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
18 Miles
Trapper Creek
Car: recommended

A fleet of Mountain Bikes are available for your use during your stay helmet's are encouraged on the gravel road there is no fee for their use. Fire wood is also provided.

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Prices & Availability

From $152 Nightly

Prices for this holiday house in Trapper Creek, Alaska

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Off Peak Season
18 Sep 2014 - 15 May 2015
2 night minimum stay
$383
for 2 nights
From
$152
$1,108
$4,174
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$693
for 3 nights
From
$205
$1,402
$5,591
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit $200
Cleaning Check in-out $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 5.0%
Notes Rates are subject to change until confirmed and paid. There is a $75.00 Cleaning & Check in-out fee plus 5% bed tax.

We have a Sister property in Haines, Ak that can be viewed at : www.paradisewestalaska.com
If you are planning travels in that area.

Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Trapper Creek in Alaska

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1120 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • Ski-Out ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • Snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
A large fire pit at the edge of the lake, makes evenings warm and enjoyable. The beauty and solitude of being off the beaten path away from the crowds is breathtaking and rejuvenating our wish is that you can enjoy the facility as much as we have over the years. Blessings to you and your family as you travel Alaska.

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