Located in the south of the Denali State Park near the Chulitna River, the Mt. McKinley Princess wilderness lodge offers great accommodations and immense chances to explore Alaskan outdoors. Owned by the California-based global cruise line and Tour Company Princess Cruises, this mountain resort recently got a new addition of a treehouse for mountain high relaxation with awesome views of Denali, the highest mountain peak in North America. It is built as company’s partnership with Discovery Communications to offer a one-of-a-kind experience to Princess’ guests and travelers. Renowned treehouse builder and the host of famous TV series Treehouse Masters Pete Nelson unveiled the treehouse in the finale episode of his show.
Designed and constructed by Pete Nelson, the Princess Cruises’ wilderness treehouse measures approximately 500-square-feet and is powered by solar panels. With its steep-pitched roof, exposed beams, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows; this treehouse looks like a perfect place to soak in the natural beauty of Alaska. It is elevated on metal stilts above concrete foundations which keeps the living area above the surrounding trees to provide uninterrupted views of the region.
There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp and bridge to reach the front door. It is mostly composed of cedar wood and the exterior paneling is finished with the Japanese wood-preserving technique Shou Sugi Ban for strength and dark appearance. Once inside, there is a multi-purpose room, with plenty of space for gatherings, and other small events. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring in natural light and panoramic views of the surrounding area.
There is no bathroom and kitchen inside which keeps it distinct from other treehouses. The interior design is also very simple– you can see exposed beams, wood-colored vinyl tile flooring, rustic furniture, and the re-purposed wood slabs; making the space very inviting for guests.
Pete Nelson said;
The treehouse here at Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge was our first-ever build in Alaska. We took the opportunity to connect the treehouse with this beautiful frontier by utilizing materials from areas around the state – reclaimed wood from Ketchikan, wooden benches from Palmer – all of these elements will help to connect visitors to Alaska in a unique way.
This treehouse serves as a viewing platform at the Mt. McKinley Princess wilderness lodge. One good thing about the build is that the design team tried to preserve surrounding trees during the construction, and a tree piercing through the outdoor wooden deck is its clear example. It is designed with a nature-friendly approach to stay integrated with its surroundings. If you want to stay a night at the Princess Cruises’ wilderness treehouse, you have to wait, as plans are on the way and will be announced in summer 2018.