Day Trips in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Fly-In Adventure & Historical Experiences iN Kennecott and McCarthy, Alaska
Short on Time? Make it a Day-Trip.
Can’t imagine skipping this tucked-away little place, but don’t have much wiggle room in the schedule? No worries! Visitors on a time crunch love the fly-in and fly-out day-trips. Whether setting foot on a blue-white glacier is high priority on your bucket list or you are fascinated by the rich copper mining history of Kennecott, this option is for you. You may still leave thinking, “I’ve got to come back!” but this will hold you over until then.
Glacier Adventure Day-Trip
$422.75/person Guided Glacier Adventure Day Hike and Flight Package
Join your St. Elias Alpine guide on Main Street in Kennecott for a half-day hike on the Root Glacier with sack lunch included. Along the moderate hike out of Kennecott, your guide will explain the natural history of the area including: wildflowers, geology, and the effects glaciers have had upon the landscape. Once at the Root Glacier, you’ll strap on crampons, and step onto an undulating blue river of ice. Hiking out across the ice as far as you can, you'll discover the many different features on the surface of the glacier: crevasses, blue pools, moulins, and perhaps even an ice cave. The color and beauty of these features will astound you as you pause to enjoy the delicious sack lunch provided by the Kennicott Glacier Lodge. The glacier hike requires that you be able to walk on lightly rolling terrain with some uneven surfaces for 5 miles. Bring a camera, warm clothes, rain jacket, and boots or shoes you can hike in.
Historical Day Trip
$358.50/person Kennecott Tour and Flight Package
As a less strenuous option, start the day with the lovely 9:00am flight to McCarthy, a quaint little frontier town, and visit the McCarthy - Kennicott Historical Museum housed in the century-old train depot. They offer an excellent self-guided walking tour of McCarthy Once you have finished exploring McCarthy, take the shuttle up to Kennecott for a delicious meal at Kennicott Glacier Lodge. Afterwards, join the 2.5 hour guided tour of the town and historic copper mill building before the 5pm scenic flight returns to Chitina.