|Difficulty:||Easier to Moderate|
|USGS Maps:||McCarthy D2, Nabesna A3|
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A scenic flight through Chitistone Pass will take you across the divide to the north side of the Wrangells. The Horsfeld landing strip at 3500’, in the Nutzotin Mountains, is above tree line in open tundra country, allowing excellent opportunities to watch for caribou, grizzly bears, wolves, wolverines, Dall sheep, and a variety of birds including golden eagles. The trail follows gentle terrain along Beaver Creek and leads to the historic Chisana (Shushanna) gold district - site of the last great Gold Rush in 1913.
History buffs may enjoy searching the area for old cabins and artifacts (not to be removed from the Park please). An extra day or two will allow for a day hike up Carl Creek or Grayling fishing at Beaver Lake. The trail at Beaver Lake continues to the settlement of Chisana. Rustic lodging is available at Chisana, and a restored historic cabin is also available for public use.
Special Features of This Route
Streams: The route crosses several streams that vary greatly in size throughout the season.
Terrain: This route follows a well defined trail most of the way, although it may disappear in tundra tussock or be overgrown. It may be wet in certain areas.
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! .