Traveling to Mccarthy, Alaska
Travel tips to McCarthy, KennEcott & Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Scheduled Flights to McCarthy, Alaska
After a six-hour drive from Anchorage, visitors arrive at the little town of Chitina - the origin of the 60 mile McCarthy Road that is an old railroad bed converted to dirt road. Wrangell Mountain Air offers flights three times daily (mid-May through mid-September) between Chitina and McCarthy. These flights are approximately 30 minutes duration with spectacular views of the Kennicott Valley upon your approach to McCarthy. Driving the McCarthy Road is a great option for many visitors but most rental car agencies do not allow their vehicles to travel the road. Depending on weather, road maintenance, and road usage, visitors can drive the 60 miles in as little as 1.5 hours or as much as 6 hours, or on rare occasions the road may close due to formations of road glaciers or mudslides.
8:30a* - 2:00p - 5:00p
9:05a* - 2:45p - 5:45p
*September 1-15, morning flights take off one hour later, due to later sunrise.
$311.75/person, round trip to Chitina with valley tour upon arrival to McCarthy. Baggage allowance is 30lbs (13 kg) per passenger, soft luggage only.
Charter Flights to McCarthy, Alaska
The quickest and most stunning method of arrival to the Kennicott Valley is by flying directly to McCarthy. For the traveler on a tight itinerary, chartering is a convenient and enjoyable way to get around the state. We commonly fly visitors to and from Anchorage, Glennallen, Cordova, Valdez, Denali National Park, and Fairbanks. These are not scheduled routes and visitors who prefer this method of transportation charter a plane; prices vary by aircraft and location.
Drive times to McCarthy, Alaska
Taking a roadtrip through Alaska can be a thrilling undertaking. Given wildlife sightings, construction delays, poor road conditions, and RV traffic, it can be a real challenge estimating drive times in Alaska. The following provides common drive times for many visitors.