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Located to the south of McCarthy about 50 miles, the Fan Glacier area offers great base camping and day hiking. Surrounded by high peaks, with glaciers in every direction the views are stunning. Although there is some low brush on the lower slopes the ridge to the north is accessible from the landing area. Hiking above the lower brush band is in alpine tundra and amongst small ponds that stud the ridge like aqua blue jewels. From here you will be able to see 100 miles on a clear day. Just off of the airstrip are some beautiful small lakes which make a wonderful camping spot. There are long and beautiful sand bars to stroll if a hike up the mountain is not your thing.
This was our first flight in a small plane. Our pilots Don and Martin, made us feel at ease and made our flights enjoyable. We especially appreciate your pilot’s expertise, as well as them describing various points of interest as we flew. Thanks for making our trip to Wrangell-St. Elias safe and memorable! .