Explore the most popular hiking trails in Wrangell-St. Elias Park & Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Long, hard trail. Get a friendly local to drive you in their 4x4 truck or quad up to the end of the dirt road, it’ll cut your hike in half and start you up where the view is already good!

Great trail. The remains of the mine is quite cool place. But don't stop there and continue up the ridge and the peak.Hard, a bit scary but worth it.

Hard

East hike to the Glacier. Once on the glacier watch your step if you don't have crampons or spikes

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3 months ago

I did this hike July 2018. This is a fantastic trail offering great views starting around 1/3 from trailhead. This is an easy-moderate hike. Easy because the smoothness of the trail, and moderate because it is 4+ miles of nothing but up. However, you will rewarded with fantastic views. Make sure to continue passed the actual mine to the top of ridge. Going down is a breeze due to smoothness of trail.

Fabulous hike/walk. This trail is flat and smooth, but be aware that it extends way past the AllTrails marked trail. It probably extends at least 2 more miles. The extended trail is not for those afraid of heights, as trail gets so narrow in some areas to be just about 2-3 widths of a gymnast’s balance beam. On one side there is a precipice leading straight to the glacier with a chance of survival, oh, around 1%. On the other side, mountain side, I estimate 50% chance of survival. So now you know which side you should prefer falling if that were to happen. I did this trail on a streak of dried days and very little wind. I would be very concerned doing it on very windy and/or wet days. This recommendation is just for the portion past the one shown on AllTrails. Trail eventually ends at a mountain side. At end of trail you can hike down to to a glacier lake, but there is no real trail to do that. Overall it was fantastic and easy. I did this trail early July 2018.

Incredible!! It was so much fun to explore the glacier, cross small streams, blue waterfalls, and a deep blue pool on the left side of Root Glacier. (The pool was located to the far left of Root Glacier, before the dirt portion, and well before the intersection of Root and Kennicott glaciers.) And the views of the surrounding mountains are amazing.

This is a great choice if you're taking Kennicott Shuttle for a 1-day trip ($109/person for a shuttle from Glennallen area). We got to McCarthy at 11, to Kennicott at 11:30, started the trail at 12, arrived at the glacier at 1, left the glacier at 3, and caught the shuttle back at 4. We had time to cross the dirt portion between 2 glaciers and walk on the further glacier for a minute before turning around.

Safety: We had hiking boots, microspikes or yak trax, and poles. We felt totally safe, didn't even come close to slipping. You could hike up the glacier in regular hiking boots, but then couldn't explore some of the steeper portions to see waterfalls etc. A guided hiking tour would be a waste of money in those conditions. it was great to explore the glacier on our own instead of following a group.

We didn't see any wildlife.

My daughter and I hiked a couple of miles out on the trail, and then hiked on the glacier. It was Incredible! Not a ton of people out there, just enough to keep it enjoyable. Saw porcupines and hares. Never realized how loud glaciers really are. Trails were intact, solid. Bear boxes available (the second one has a broken hydraulic arm, but is useable, just a bit noisier!) We had a great time and are working on planning our trip for next year!

hiking
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

This hike was steep but at a good moderate pace. Beginning is nothing but just forest sceneries and then you'll hit up a creek. Then it gets a bit difficult because you would have to cross all the rocks and the creeks as you get further out. Be careful! I actually slipped twice into the creek and got all wet. It was a nice walk and the scenery isn't too bad. It was just fun overall but it's pretty difficult.

backpacking
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Beautiful hike out to the cabin, which we stayed at for 5 days. Has amazing views and is quite peaceful and serene. Once at the cabin the trail ends and the true hiking begins. We went at the end of May and I look forward to returning.

Beautiful hike

http://www.trailsunblazed.com/root-glacier-trail-wrangell-st-elias-national-park/

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

on Caribou Creek Trail

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Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Beautiful fall hike. The terrain was easy to cross and the footpath well maintained. You have to walk from the parking area to the trailhead on the road, but since there is no traffic it is not a problem.

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Saturday, July 02, 2016

East, not much fun on a cloudy day as there is no view.

Absolutely beautiful. Easy hike through wilderness, over a waterfall to the base of the glacier. **Make sure you bring crampons if you plan on climbing around on the glacier!!!! it is cold hard ice and I saw too many people slipping about. It's in McCarthy with the nearest town being 3 hours away.

hiking
Saturday, May 16, 2015

I liked this trail really great views and leads you up a to a pass. You do have to walk with the creek up so there is not a official trail there but it is fun hike up.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

I did a trail maintenance on this trail. And when it is clear sky's it is a nice view of the mountains. It is flat in the beginning and then leads gradually up the creek. Can get muddy in some parts. But the cabin at the end is nice and a good place to spend a night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

This is in Copper River region, but over 100 miles southeast of Copper Center within the Wrangell St.Elias National Park. From the footbridge in Mc Carthy, hike on the road a half mile east, head north. Around a turn to the airport, less than a mile, take Old Wagon trail on left. It parallels the road.
Total about 4.5 miles to the mines in Kennicott.
Go past the mill buildings along the wagon trail on east side of glaciers. Cross two strams, with footbridges, to hike to abandoned Erie mines, another few miles.
Good mountain biking for first 6 miles, gentle slope up. Then, becomes too narrow with glacial till and sharp inclines off trail. Access trails to climb on glacier. At Jumbo Creek can get under glacier, but it's hazardous on warm afternoons especially.

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