Wrangell Mountain Air
McCarthy Alaska
(800) 478-1160

Getting to McCarthy Alaska

Getting to McCarthy Alaska

Getting to McCarthy Alaska

Chitina to McCarthy Daily Service Rates
(Approx. May 20 - Sept. 15 )

One way:

$155.87 per person

Round Trip:

$311.75 per person

(Children under 2 free on adults lap)

Depart Arrive  
McCarthy 8:30 amChitina8:55 pm
Chitina 9:05 amMcCarthy9:35 am
McCarthy 2:00 pmChitina2:25 pm
Chitina 2:45McCarthy3:15 pm
McCarthy 5:00 pmChitina5:30
Chitina 5:45 pmMcCarthy6:20 pm
Highlights of our Glacier Tour flightseeing trip included with flight from Chitina to McCarthy.

Baggage allowance is 30lb per passenger on all flights. (Please, soft luggage only) Rates subject to change without notice

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Drive or Fly?

Flying from Chitina is the best way to get to McCarthy-Kennicott and it is a great value. On the flight to McCarthy we fly along the flanks of 16,000’ Mt. Blackburn and over the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, past the Erie Mine and view the awe inspiring Stairway Icefall. A flyby of Kennicott and McCarthy before we land will orient you to the area you are about to explore. Along the way your pilot will describe landforms, point out wildlife and fill you in on a bit of the human history of the area. Flying has the added benefit of saving 2-3 hours of driving on the gravel surfaced McCarthy road. Be sure to check with your rental car company about their policy regarding unpaved roads in Alaska.

cessna 185


Charter Flights

For those who don't have the time or don't want to do any driving, charter flights are available to the Wrangell-St. Elias from any arrival point. We commonly pick passengers up at Glennallen, Valdez, Anchorage, Denali National Park and Fairbanks. If somewhere else would be more convenient, give us a call and we'll be happy to make you a quote.  

When you charter an aircraft, you are hiring the airplane and pilot to fly to a destination of your choice. It’s like having you own car and driver only you’re flying over one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world. Mountains, glaciers and vast road less forests and tundra are in view out every window. Flying across Alaska in a bush plane is one experience you won't soon to forget.

Our largest airplane, a DeHavilland Beaver can accommodate up to seven passengers and 30 pounds of baggage each. Wrangell Mountain Air provides aircraft charter service to or from points in Alaska. Flying across Alaska is an experience that is awe inspiring.

Charter Rates to McCarthy & Kennicot
Trip3 People (Cessna 172) 5 People (Cessna 206)
Denali National Park $1885$2355
Fairbanks $2035$2710

*For air service from other locations, and for large groups, please call for a quote.

Round trip rate is double the one way rate. *Baggage allowance is 30lb per passenger on all flights. (Please, soft luggage only)

Rates are subject to change without notice


Most of the major car rental companies are available in Anchorage if you plan to drive. Be sure to check for restrictions regarding gravel roads.

Approximate Mileage and Driving Times
ItineraryMiles Drive Time
Anchorage to McCarthy 3148 hours
Anchorage to Glennallen 1894 hours
Glennallen to Chitina 651.5 hours
Valdez to Chitina 1002.5 hours
Fairbanks to McCarthy 3749.5 hours
Denali Ntl. Park to McCarthy (Denali Highway) 35911 hours
Chitina to McCarthy 602.5 hours

Local Accommodations

McCarthy, Kennicott

Chitina, Kenny Lake

Kennicott Lodge

Kennicott River Lodge

McCarthy Lodge

Currant Ridge Cabins

McCarthy B&B

Blackburn Cabins

Copper Center

Princess Lodge

Copper Center Lodge

Gilpatrick’s Hotel Chitina

Golden Spruce Cabins

Pippin Lake Bed & Breakfast

Chitina Guest Cabins

Chitina House B&B

Golden Spruce Cabins


Caribou Hotel