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Base Camping Trips

Hiking Overview

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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.  Please see Guided Hiking Trips below for links to some great local guides.

The overview chart below lists some of the main features of different areas with links to details about the hiking trips, including rates.


Guided Hiking Trips

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

All prices are one way - per person -  from McCarthy and based on a two person minimum.

Base Camps
Base Camp Cost Attractions
Allie's Valley $360 Hanging glaciers, easy travel
Doubtful Creek $200 Variety of hiking, expansive views, rock pools
Fan Glacier $240 Glaciers, Small lakes,moderate hikes
The Fosse $130
Horsfeld $375 Many day trip, scramble options
Iceberg Lake $250 lake, glaciers, high ridges
Wrangell Plateau $250 Glaciers, dramatic cliffs
Nikolai Pass $175 Ridge hikes, 360° panorama
Nizina Glacier $190
Ross Green Lake $275 Glaciers, ice field, ridge hikes
Skolai Pass $210 Lakes, scramble peaks, views
Steamboat Hills $210 Emerald lakes, rolling terrain, Dall sheep
Tebay Lakes $275
Wolverine Mountain $210 Alpine hiking, views, Dall sheep
Camps with Public-Use Cabins
Bremner Mine $255 Gold mining relics, lakes, high ridges
Glacier Creek $130 Public use cabin, river, bears, Twaharpie Glacier
Peavine Bar $125 Public use cabin
Huberts Landing $250 Public use cabin, expansive views, easy/moderate hikes
Chisana $330 Historic town, day or loop hiking, public use cabin