Wrangell Mountain Air
Flying Wrangell-St. Elias National Park since 1992
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Backcountry

This national park provides easy access to wilderness. Guests enjoy drop-off service for backpacking hiking, basecamping for more casual exploration, and access to river put-ins for rafting the glacial rivers of the park.

 

Explore McCarthy & KennecotT by air, foot and boat

Backpacking, Camping and Rafting Trips in Alaska


Beaver in backcountry landing strip at takeoff

 
 

Get Out There. Way Out There!

Why not shake off the city grime and spend some time in the wilderness? Some of the world’s largest preserved wilderness, that is. Once visitors leave the immediate area of McCarthy and Kennecott, they often see no one else. Let us fly you to one of our favorite spots in the park where you can pitch your tent. Stay there and explore the nearby vistas or plan to backpack on to Point B where our experienced backcountry pilot will pick you up at the end of your explorations. A boat trip down one of the park’s serpentine rivers allows guests to see a considerable amount of the park; this can also be planned as a single-day run or a multi-day adventure. Whatever you choose, we are here to make it happen.


 
 

Click here for descriptions of routes and airfare costs. Prices reflect roundtrip, 2-person minimum unless otherwise noted. Or email us with any backpacking drop-off inquiries.

Backpacking Trips

A backpacking trip in Wrangell-St. Elias will provide a treasure trove of memories for years to come. This is the best way to experience the incredible variety of terrain that Wrangell-St. Elias has to offer. Whether you are interested in an easy three-day hiking trip to enjoy the beauty of Alaska, or a rugged and challenging 12+ day expedition, we have flights to get you on the route to fit your requirements. 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. 

Guided Backpacking

Some of these trips may include glacier crossing or other terrain that you might feel more comfortable doing with an experienced guide. Expeditions AlaskaKennicott Wilderness Guides, St. Elias Alpine Guides, and Trek Alaska offer guided trips on these routes. If you are interested in a route that involves glacier and/or river crossings, but prefer an unguided trip, why not sign up for a one-day seminar offered by St. Elias Alpine Guides or Trek Alaska? Let a professional guide give you the experience and confidence you need to safely travel on your own in the Alaskan wilderness.

 
 

 
 

Click here for descriptions of drop-off sites and airfare costs. Prices reflect roundtrip, 2-person minimum unless otherwise noted. Or email us with any basecamp drop-off inquiries.

Basecamping

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.

Guided Basecamp

If you would like to have a knowledgeable guide along, Expeditions AlaskaKennicott Wilderness Guides, St. Elias Alpine Guides, and Trek Alaska 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.

 
 

Click here for descriptions of drop-off sites and airfare costs. Prices reflect 1-way flight, and price of one full plane. Or email us with any rafting drop-off inquiries.

River Trips

Floating the waterways of the Wrangell-St. Elias is an excellent way to enjoy the vast beauty of the region. Running rivers, one is able to access country which can be otherwise impenetrable. Traveling silently, boaters often see more wildlife than hikers. The rivers are glacial in source, fast, frigid, and require extra skill and caution. Prices for trips are dependent on the number of people, boats, and gear. Please call or email with weights of all passengers and the estimated weight of the raft and gear and we’ll estimate the cost of your trip.

Guided River Trips

Trips have the option of a take-out at the confluence of the Nizina and Chitina rivers, Chitina and Copper rivers near the town of Chitina, or continuing down the Copper to a take-out near Cordova. We can put you in touch with a shuttle from the take-out to the airport in Cordova. If you prefer another take-out point call or e-mail for more information. We do not provide guiding services, but if you are looking for a guided raft trip contact Copper Oar or McCarthy River Tours & Outfitters. Pack rafting is also available through Kennicott Wilderness Guides.