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.
I would like to thank everyone at Wrangell Mountain Air for helping my family and me take one of our most memorable trips ever! We were impressed with everything about your very professional and hospitable operation and we wish we had had more time to spend in the Park and McCarthy. You haven’t seen the last of us..