About Us


High quality, short- term hiking eco-tours are our business. This is your chance to spend a long weekend or full-week backpacking in the Alaskan outback. Each expedition begins and ends in the Sheep Mountain Area, a 2.5 hour scenic drive north of Anchorage. A flight in the comfortable back-seat of a Piper Super Cub will deliver backpackers to their vigorous mountain escape. A knowledgeable guide will accompany your team in order to aid in the safety and efficiency of the trip, as well as enhance the overall experience. Drop-off trips are also available.



In 1944, Austin and Dorothy Meekin left Wisconsin headed North to Alaska. The adventurous couple followed the Alaska Highway until they found their slice of paradise, Sheep Mountain Alaska. Very few people inhabited the area just 60 miles north of Palmer, nestled in a gorgeous valley separating the majestic granite of the Chugach Range from the rolling tundra of the Talkeetna Mountains. The Meekins became one of the first families to homestead in the area, and soon established Meekin's Log Cabin Camp, commonly called Meekin’s Roadhouse. The lodge became a popular rest stop on the only road connecting Alaska to the contiguous U.S. Austin Meekin also began to guide outdoor enthusiasts into the vast wilderness of his backyard. “Alaska Wilderness Trails” was born.

Six children were born to the frontier couple. The third child, Michael, was born in 1952. He grew up exploring the mountains, valleys, and glaciers on foot and horseback with his family. The Meekin children certainly had a unique upbringing-they did not even have running water or electricity until 1978!

About this time, Mike married Diane Hall, and together they had four daughters.  Just like the generation before them, the Meekin girls grew to love this untamed wilderness of the greater Sheep Mountain area. Inspired by Grandfather Austin, they decided to share it in the form of hiking eco-tours. “Alaska Wilderness Trails” was re-born in the form of fly-in wilderness trips. Our history and experience in this environment is unparalleled and we would love to share it with you.

Meekin's Air Service

Mike Meekin began his air service in 1981: moving hunters, hikers, mountaineers, geologists, gold miners, residents, and photographers into the un-trod realms of the surrounding mountains. His safety record is greatly coveted by other professional pilots. Mike's eldest daughter Samantha (Founder of Alaska Wilderness Trails) married Matthew Keller of Wasilla, Alaska. Matt also is an experienced pilot who has been flying with Meekin's Air Service for several years. Currently the two pilots operate two Super Cubs and a Cessna 185.



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