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McCarthy Alaska
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Base Camping Trips

Hiking Overview

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Many fly in destinations in Wrangell-St. Elias provide opportunities for day hiking from the comfort of a fixed camp or exploring the country hiking in a loop and returning to the same airstrip. Because of the limited amount of developed trails and routes in this wilderness park, base camping is an excellent way to enjoy the backcountry. We do not provide guiding services, but there are numerous sources of information online and in our valley that can help you get the details you need to plan your trip.  Please see Guided Hiking Trips below for links to some great local guides.

The overview chart below lists some of the main features of different areas with links to details about the hiking trips, including rates.


Guided Hiking Trips

If you would like to have a knowledgeable guide along, St. Elias Alpine Guides, Trek Alaska, Expeditions Alaska and Kennicott Guides offer guided base camping and day hiking trips in these areas.


**Please be aware that base campers will have a much larger impact on an area than continually moving hikers. Please know and follow the NPS guidelines for minimum impact hiking and camping.

All prices are round trip from McCarthy and based on a two person minimum.

Base Camps
Base Camp Cost Attractions
Wolverine Mountain $350 Alpine hiking, views, Dall sheep
Tebay Lakes $440 Day hiking, fishing
Steamboat Hills $350 Emerald lakes, rolling terrain, Dall sheep
Skolai Pass $420 Lakes, scramble peaks, views
Ross Green Lake $440 Glaciers, ice field
Nizina Glacier $320 glacier access, moderate hiking
Nikolai Pass $230 Ridge hikes, 360° panorama
Wrangell Plateau $440 Glaciers, dramatic cliffs
Mile High Cliffs $210 Dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, day hikes
McColl Ridge $650 Ridge hikes, great views, wildlife
Kuskulana Pass $710 High camp, scramble peaks
Iceberg Lake $420 lake, glaciers, high ridges
Horsfeld $590 Many day trip, scramble options
The Fosse $230 Glaciers, scramble opportunities
Fan Glacier $420 Glaciers, Small lakes,moderate hikes
Doubtful Creek $360 Variety of hiking, expansive views, rock pools
Allie's Valley $660 Hanging glaciers, easy travel
Chimney Mountain $600 Views, Dall sheep, mt. goats
Camps with Public-Use Cabins
Chisana $400 Historic town, day or loop hiking, public use cabin
Huberts Landing $420 Public use cabin, expansive views, easy/moderate hikes
Nugget Creek $350 public use cabin, expansive views, alpine hiking
Huberts Landing $390 public use cabin, expansive views, alpine hiking
Peavine Bar $210 Public use cabin
Glacier Creek $210 Public use cabin, river, bears, Twaharpie Glacier
Bremner Mine $420 Gold mining relics, lakes, high ridges
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