Pyramid Peak Traverse
|USGS Maps:||McCarthy B4, B5|
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The flight to the airstrip travels through the University Range and some of the most stunning terrain that the park has to offer. The route travels through country that is as varied as it is magnificent. The Pyramid Peak Traverse is a rewarding and challenging trip.
After a traverse on the shoulders of Pyramid Peak, the route crosses a high ridge of Andrus Peak. The views from the top are stunning and varied. From the lofty ridge you will drop down into a valley that has a rich gold mining history. Mining debris and old shafts are still in evidence along the way.
Our route ends at May Creek where you can spend our last night in a cozy public-use cabin (first come, first served) where you can warm your weary feet by the wood stove.
Special Features of This Route
Glaciers: Just over the ridge on Andrus you descend a snow field at the edge of a glacier. Crampons are not required but you may feel more comfortable with them.
Streams: This route requires numerous crossings of Rex Creek which may be challenging at times. Be prepared and knowledgable about safe crossing techniques.
Terrain: Steep traversing on scree and talus slopes. This is a trip for experience wilderness travelers or as a guided adventure.
We are back home less than 24 hours and while every day in Alaska was wonderful, it is no contest as to what the highlight of the trip was……our flight to McCarthy with Wrangell Mountain Air. Thanks for a great flight that will forever be carried in our minds and hearts! Moreover, we are telling everyone to skip their junkets to McKinley when they go to Alaska; Wrangell Air gives the best view in the 49th. .