Alaska Trail Guides is locally owned, operated and based in Anchorage. Nestled at the base of Chugach Mountains, wrapped by Cook Inlet, Anchorage is as unique and dynamic as the state in which it belongs.  Anchorage is the gateway to Southcentral Alaska and the Interior, a playground so vast it stretches from the temperate rain forest of Kenai National Forest, to the majestic timelessness of Denali. Alaska Trail Guides provides the opportunity to explore these areas with a local, knowledgeable guide. Our passion is sharing our great state with our clients, providing technical know-how and natural history. 

After a decade of working in the guiding industry in Alaska, co-owner Elly Maurer followed her dream of starting her own outfit. Along the way, Elly developed a sense of the kind of experience that those traveling to Alaska search for. Alaska is a place of wonder, a sanctuary, not only for people who travel here but for all the natural world as well. The migratory birds and whales for example. You're able to reconnect with the wilderness and people in Alaska in a way that can be difficult to find elsewhere. Alaska Trail Guides strives to offer clients the experience of connecting and interacting with the environment around them. 

Our guides have a passion for Alaska, people and for being in the outdoors. Their personal experience and enthusiasm enables them to blend instruction with interpretive knowledge to provide an extraordinary experience. Alaska Trail Guides was founded with an understanding and love of community as well. As a small business we strive to offer high quality services and products through supporting other locally owned and operated small business.

Our Guides


Elly Maurer

Owner / Guide

Elly moved to Juneau in 2003 and has been involved in the tourism industry in Alaska since. She spent 7 years in Juneau working as a sea kayaking and glacier guide. Moving to Anchorage in 2010, she settled into a new outfit exploring the back country of the Chugach Mountains with clients. Her hobbies include kayaking, climbing, trail running, road biking and mountain biking. 

Elly combined her passions and experience, putting together 10 years in the guiding industry and 8 years of cycling and mountain biking to co-found Alaska Trail Guides, LLC.  When she's not working at AKTG, she is out on her own outdoor adventure with her partner and their black lab.

She strives to have extraordinary experiences every day; come join her and her team on one today!

Patrick McCormick

Bike Guide

Patrick was born in Juneau Alaska and shortly after, him and his family relocated to the Anchorage area. He enjoys Alaska, the outdoors and traveling. The majority of his travel is in state as there is so much to see and do in Alaska, never venturing out of state for more than a couple weeks at a time. Growing up in Eagle River, a small off shoot of Anchorage, Patrick has spent his summers mountain biking and fishing, and his winters alpine and back country skiing.

Patrick has spent several summers living off the grid in rural Alaska working for the Department of Fish and Game living out a childhood dream of counting fish professionally.  He has a wealth of knowledge about the natural and human history of the Anchorage area and Alaska gathered over the years through traveling, guiding and academics.  He has a passion for biking as he has spent most of his life mountain biking and road biking the area.  

Frankie Dashiell

Owner / Guide

Frankie is a second generation Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks. She studied marketing and business management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After completing her MBA, she moved to Anchorage where she works as a Marketing Manager. In her free time, she loves to play hockey and go biking, hiking and backpacking.

Frankie combined her dream of owning her own business with her love of showing people Alaska when she co-founded Alaska Trail Guides, LLC. Her passion for the outdoors and background in customer service, marketing and systems management adds up to one energetic general manager!


Ian McDermod

Driver Guide

Ian moved to Alaska in 2014 from New Hampshire to pursue higher education at Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage. Right now he is set to graduate in the spring of 2018 with a B.A. in Outdoor Studies and a concentration in Land Management. Last summer Ian worked in outdoor education as an adventure staff for a middle/high school age program. During his time in college he has also worked on professional video and photo production for university marketing via social media platforms. When not at work or school, Ian's interests include reading, film, photography, hiking, camping, and kayaking.

Ian brings to AKTG a passion for the outdoors and an alacrity to show people the beautiful state of Alaska. Whether on foot, bike, or car, Ian believes everyone should get a chance to experience the majesty of the last frontier.