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The Best Hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

Looking for the best hiking in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

  • Chitina, Alaska

    Hike to Kennecott's Ice Caves

    4.0
    4 mi / 500 ft gain
    Disclaimer: We do not recommend entering the caves as the ice can become unstable, especially in the warmer months.If you are in Kennicott and have the physical ability to get to these caves, make this the top of your priority list.You'll walk down the path heading north out of the town towards t...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Mountaineering on the Root Glacier

    5.0
    6 mi / 500 ft gain
    Starting in the town of Kennicott you'll hike on the trail leading north outside of the town for a mile and a half.The trail will end at the edge of the glacier and this is where you put on your crampons. I would also suggest putting on your crampons at the edge of the glacier and not while on it...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Summit Bonanza Peak, Wrangell-St. Elias NP

    9 mi / 4000 ft gain
    This journey begins at the northern terminus of the historic Kennecott Mines, following the Root Glacier trail to the north. Follow this trail between 1-2 miles until you reach a split in the trail. Follow the split to the southeast and continue along this trail until you reach another split. If ...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Explore Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Kennecott Mines

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    If you have already stepped foot into Wrangell-St. Elias, you probably arrived via bush plane or by heroically navigating the relentlessly brutal, pothole smothered McCarthy Road. Once across the Kennecott River footbridge, you must take the shuttle from the river's edge to Kennecott (NB: the shu...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Backpack to Stairway Icefall at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

    14.4 mi / 2305 ft gain
    We began our trek at the Kennecott Mines, which is a short van ride from the town of McCarthy, which is (semi) road accessible.  I say semi because to get there you must drive 60 miles on a dirt road and park nearby the town, which is not road accessible, and cross a foot bridge.  Once you've hau...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Hike to the Bonanza Mine in the Wrangell St-Elias National Park

    9 mi / 3800 ft gain
    This 9 mile strenuous hike will reward the intrepid hiker with a serene setting and in-tact mining ruins for any and all to explore at will. Literally at will as there will be no park personnel telling you where you can and cannot go - it is really at your own risk! The mining ruins are halfway i...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Hike the Root Glacier to the Donoho Lakes

    5 mi / 500 ft gain
    Traversing the glacier can be a whole day experience in and of itself. Make sure to set aside enough time to explore. I'd plan on at least 3-4 hours total travel time round trip on the glacier alone. The Donoho Lakes are a series of lakes that exist on a narrow strip of flat land between two glac...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Backpack to Donoho Basin

    7 mi / 600 ft gain
    If you’ve never been to the park, Wrangell is 13.2 million acres, the largest national park in the United States, roughly the size of Switzerland. Access is limited. There is only one main road into the center of the park, which dead ends in the town of Kennecott, a historic copper mining area. I...
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  • Chitina, Alaska

    Crystalline Hills Trail

    2.67 mi / 581 ft gain
    Crystalline Hills Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near McCarthy, Alaska.
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