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McCarthy’s premier air service ~ Flying Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Since 1992

We had a great time! Thank you very much for the great advice on the route. I think without it we may have had a bad trip. Thanks from all of us..

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Glacier hike on the Root Glacier

Day Trips to McCarthy

$354/person Guided Glacier Adventure Day Hike
$309/person Kennicott History Tour
$258/person Day Trip Flight (no guide or lunch)
Federal excise tax included
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Meet us at the Chitina Airport and take a spectacular flight through Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. See the major peaks of both the Wrangell and St. Elias mountain ranges, Kennicott, Root and Gates Glaciers, Stairway Icefall, Erie Mine, Kennicott and McCarthy.

Glacier Adventure Day Trip

Join your guide on Main Street in Kennicott for a half day hike on the Root Glacier with sack lunch included. A moderate hike takes you to the Root Glacier where you will strap on crampons and step onto a undulating blue river of ice. Along the way your guide will explain the natural history of the area, including wildflowers, geology and the effects glaciers have had upon the landscape. Strap on your crampons and take your first steps onto the otherworldly terrain of an Alaskan glacier. Hike out across the ice as far as you can, discovering the many different features on the surface of the glacier: crevasses, moulons and perhaps even an ice cave. The color and beauty of these features will astound you.

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The Mill Building in Kennicott

Historical Day Trip

As a less strenuous option we offer a Kennicott History Tour which includes a 2.5 hour guided tour of Kennicott and lunch at Kennicott Glacier Lodge and van transfers.

Hop the shuttle to the frontier town of McCarthy to visit the local museum and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an Alaskan bush community. Explore the historic town built in the early part of the century. Enjoy the scenic flight back departing at 5:00 pm.

Day Trips Include

  • Two 30 minute scenic flights, Chitina to McCarthy and returning flight
  • Guided half day glacier hike (4-5 hours) sack lunch included 
  • Or optional Kennicott Historic Town Tour. Lunch at Kennicott Lodge
  • Van shuttles to Kennicott and McCarthy
Daily Flights Chitina to McCarthy
Depart   Arrive  
Chitina 9:05 am McCarthy 9:40 am
McCarthy 5:00 pm Chitina 5:30 pm
Note: Bring a camera, warm clothes, rain jacket or umbrella, and comfortable boots or shoes you can hike in. The glacier hike requires that you be able to walk on relatively level ground for 5 miles. We welcome you to photograph from the airplane.

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 Glacier hike on the Root Glacier
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