Castle Peak Route
|USGS Maps:||Bering Gl. D6, D7
McCarthy C6, C7
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A short flight over Kennicott Glacier takes you to a small airstrip in Hidden Lake Valley. Guarded at its end by an ice-damned lake which drains annually, this canyon offers amazing scenery. Steep limestone cliffs, cut by waterfalls, offer bands of Dall sheep and mountain goats safety from the canyon's predators - wolves, wolverine, foxes, grizzlies and black bears. The route ascends this narrow canyon to a 5400' pass and descends into the Lakina River. While in the pass, visit one of several blue-green alpine lakes and enjoy the view of steep, southeast facing Castle Peak (10,190'). From here, the route takes you down steep, rocky, scree covered slopes to the landing strip on a gravel bar of the Lakina River.
Special Features of This Route
Streams: Be prepared for river crossings.
Terrain: This hike involves extended side-hill traversing of steep grassy and rocky slopes.
Just a note to say thanks for a wonderful flightseeing trip. And I also appreciated the steps you took throughout the flight for safety – when you kept all other aircraft in sight constantly. The flightseeing trip through the Tana Canyon and up over the Bagley Icefield was our favorite part of our vacation to Alaska. The sights were awesome. We really appreciated that took the time to point out the moose, bears buffalo and wolf that we saw. It was a sight that we will never forget. The views of Mt. St. Elias and Mt. Logan will never be forgotten; nor the sight down the Bering Glacier to the Pacific Ocean. Thank again for the wonderful flight. We hope to be back someday soon for another one. .