Valerie S.
Anchorage, AK
Joined June 2016
Ranger Review: Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier at Alpenglow Luxury Camping

Campground Review 

This place is AMAZING. I can’t wait to go back!  The wildflowers, glacier view, hot tub, and comfortable bed are just a few of the highlights.

 Alpenglow is located a little over 2 hours from the Anchorage Airport. The directions from the host are very detailed and if you follow directions it is easy to find. The camp is located next to the MICA Guide business and you actually check in at their blue yurt. When we arrived, our host was waiting for us and walked right up to our vehicle to show us the way to our glamping tent. 

There are currently 4 glamping tents available with deck, screen zipper door, a memory foam mattress (very comfortable), and warm, heavy blankets. The tent and bed are positioned perfectly to see the Matanuska Glacier off in the distance! Don’t forget to bring an eye mask to sleep as this is located in the land of the midnight sun and the tent is white. We forgot out and still slept wonderfully in this tent. 

A short walk away is a clean outhouse, cedar wood hot tub(open from 7:30-10 pm), shared dinning pavilion, fire pit, and a few games(cards, board games, and bean bag toss). There is a small kitchen the host serves a dry breakfast(muffins, oatmeal, boiled eggs, tea, coffee, yogurt, etc.) and a fridge available for use. You cannot personally cook anywhere on the property as the kitchen is commercial and they are bear aware. Only drinks are allowed in the tent; all food and toiletries need to stay in the car. A walk up the hill will lead you to flush toilets. There is not hot water on site yet, however there is a paid shower available 10 minutes up the road that we used. 

There are several excursions available from near by companies (glacier walks, ice climbing, rafting, ATV rides) to make this camp a home base for several days of your vacation or just a quick get away from the city. My husband and I came here directly after completing a mini triathlon; this relaxing experience was exactly what we needed. 

Product Review

As a Ranger for the Dyrt, I get products to test from time to time– today I am testing Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier.

https://liquid-iv.com/products/liquid-iv-combo-pack 

I purchased they multiplier pack and have sampled two flavors: Acai Berry and Passionfruit. I enjoyed the taste of both. As I mentioned above, I competed a mini triathlon on my weekend getaway. I drank one packet of the hydration multiplier the night before the race(1 packet is for 16 ounces of water) and a second before and after the race, in addition to plain water during the race. The mix makes the water a little thick, slightly syrupy but not chalky or gravely and the powder mixes in very well. Although I can’t say how I would have felt during and after without this product, I felt great with no muscle cramping and no thirst cravings. The product seems a little expensive for daily use for me, but probably comparable to similar products on the market.

Beautiful cabins right off the creek

The Riverside Salmon Cabins have three beautiful cabins for rent only a few feet away from Montana Creek.   Our stay was supposed to be for the Sockeye cabin, however, that cabin was occupied, and we instead stayed in the Chum cabin.  The third and middle cabin is named the Silver Cabin.   Each cabin is similar in size and décor with a deck, out house, and firepit.  The Silver cabin has a slightly larger fire pit area.  The Chum cabin had the best (newest?) outhouse, although all three were clean and nice.   There is a wilderness sauna between the Chum and Silver cabins that is shared – it does not appear that the Sockeye cabin rental includes the sauna.

The cabins are built for 2 with a comfortable queen size mattress. The cabins are solar powered and have a heater.  They are dry cabins with no running water, but 5 gallons of potable water is provided.  There are two plastic chairs for the deck and a promised bundle of firewood offered (although we did not have one during our stay). There are fixings for tea with 2 teacups.  No plates, bowls, or silverware are provided and the sink is not supposed to be used for washing a lot of dishes. Apparently you can get cell service AT&T; we had none with Verizon phones.  Less than 2 miles down the road on the way to town our phone service kicked in. 

Overall the cabins were wonderful and the land very peaceful.  However, we unfortunately had some communication challenges during our stay.  We attempted to contact our host by the number provided on the confirmation email once we found our assigned cabin was occupied upon checking.  After 6 hours of exploring in town we had not heard from him.  Luckily another cabin was open and we decided to stay there.  We never heard back from the host even after our stay.   I’m sure this was a fluke as many previous customers have given great reviews on other reservation sights.  My recommendation is to reach the host prior to your stay to avoid a similar situation.

New campground, prefect for fishing trips

I think this will be a 5 star once it is fully built!   The owners of this private campsite have developed 9 sites with picnic tables and firepits and have plans for additional sites, water hookups, and bathrooms.  They were fantastic hosts who went out of their way to make us comfortable.

My stay was in their rented RV, although you can camp with a tent or your own RV.   The RV rental had heat, hot water, and electricity powered by a generator the host ran once a day to make sure the battery was full.  It was clean, comfortable, and fully stocked. We booked it through airbnb and it sleeps 3.  

ATVs are allowed at the campground and you are are about 3 minute ride away from the beach.  We had the campgrounds to ourselves on a Thursday night in May, but we hear the campground is completely full during fishing season. 

The brand new campsites are clean.  The don't have a lot of privacy (which might improve later in the season once the trees are full).  There is only a porta potty for restrooms right now. It was clean and the owners plan to build regular bathrooms in the future.  The campground is right off the road and you can see/hear the few vehicles that drive past.

Nice spot

This was a nice spot, a little outside of town. Lots of camping sites standard or RV. Very pretty.

Must stay!

We love coming back to this campground! If you have time for the trip, it's worth it. Very casual with no defined spots. Plenty of room, but arrive early on busy weekends to get the best space. No defined sites. Listen to running water at night and view the glacire from your tent

Great glacier access, too pricy

We have been here many times. If you want to walk on the glacier it is completely worth it, however if you are looking for a camp spot, I would recommend elsewhere because it is very expensive. Not true camping spots, sort of camp anywhere, but there are fireputs and pit toilets

Awesome scenery

We stayed at this campsite two nights and I enjoyed it more the longer I was there. The drive in was long but beautiful. It does not take reservations, but there were some free sites on the road in if you needed a back up option.

The host is super nice and is proud of the campground he has been taking care of for 5 years. The sites are spacious and although there are trees between, there is not a lot of privacy. It is a small campground with 12 sites, so that didn't bother us. There is a creek on one side and a small hill on the other for the kids to hike around. Bathrooms are clean, but did smell a little since it's so far out they probably don't get emptied as often. And there is no cell service, do you can truly get away!. Just up the road is a reservoir to check out.

Gear review: Carin subscription box. My family has been subscribing to this for almost a year and we're excited to win a gift certificate!! We receive fun outdoor gear that we typically wouldn't have on our list, for a great value. They have two options, monthly 25$ boxes and a $199 obsidian box for larger items. We received a therm-a-rest slacker hammock in an obsidian box which is perfect to take to this site with all the trees - or any site! It packs flat and is light enough to take backpacking, about a pound and a half for our double sized hammock. The Obsidian boxes are quaterly and the next one comes out in September - we can't wait! It is like Christmas for us!

Island weekend getway

My husband and I went her on our first trip together and it was lovely. Pretty views and a good variety of hiking actives and landscapes nearby. A few downsides were how close together some of the campsites were and that it is a popular area.

Great State Park

My favorite part of this park is the freshwater and saltwater shorelines so close together. We enjoyed the hiking trails and went out to Deception Pass Bridge for sunset. Our campsite was nice, a short walk to the water.

Big open sites

Although it is closed this year, this is a great campground for big families.

Nice spot

Great sites, but you need to get here early on the weekends, its not a very big campground. It is nice to sleep next to the water and good hiking nearby.

Nice and clean campground

Pretty, tidy, and spacious campground. Clean outhouses and less mosquitoes than other places along the Dalton highway.

Relaxing spot

We found a nice, shaded spot with great views. Weekday camping was pretty quiet, although I hear it gets busy on the weekends.

Favorite Spot

Camping on the beach doesn't get any better. Amazing white sand against Na Pali cliffs, we whale watched from our tent (with binoculars) The dirt road can be rough and there are not services once you get out there. We saw some surfers, but didn't swim ourselves; they say to beware of strong off shore currents. The only downside was the chickens did wake us very early. Book early for your permit if you have a specific night in mind.

Great weekend getaway

About 45 minutes from Anchorage and no cell phone service. Sites are surrounded by trees and not too close together. RVs with generators make it loud at times, but there are a few walk in sites available. Lake and trails are nice, very pretty location.