Pyramid Peak Traverse
|USGS Maps:||McCarthy B4, B5|
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The flight to the airstrip travels through the University Range and some of the most stunning terrain that the park has to offer. The route travels through country that is as varied as it is magnificent. The Pyramid Peak Traverse is a rewarding and challenging trip.
After a traverse on the shoulders of Pyramid Peak, the route crosses a high ridge of Andrus Peak. The views from the top are stunning and varied. From the lofty ridge you will drop down into a valley that has a rich gold mining history. Mining debris and old shafts are still in evidence along the way.
Our route ends at May Creek where you can spend our last night in a cozy public-use cabin (first come, first served) where you can warm your weary feet by the wood stove.
Special Features of This Route
Glaciers: Just over the ridge on Andrus you descend a snow field at the edge of a glacier. Crampons are not required but you may feel more comfortable with them.
Streams: This route requires numerous crossings of Rex Creek which may be challenging at times. Be prepared and knowledgable about safe crossing techniques.
Terrain: Steep traversing on scree and talus slopes. This is a trip for experience wilderness travelers or as a guided adventure.
Your flight (from Chitina) into McCarthy to tour the Kennicott Mines was an awesome flight. Even though I don’t like to fly, you pilot Jason did such a good job of making me feel comfortable and relaxed. Thank you so very much for the opportunity to have such a great experience of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. It is truly and experience I will never forget..