Explore the most popular trails near Chitina with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.



Chitina, Alaska Map

on The Goat Trail

2 months ago

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.


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

7 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!

Beautiful hike


Thursday, September 15, 2016


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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

This is an amazing trip in Wrangell-St. Elias. Great waterfalls, dramatic peaks, glaciers, etc. You will likely see other parties out there, so don't expect to have the whole place to yourself. Get a good USGS map, not just a GPS. I would also urge great caution for the river crossings. Crossing Toby Creek and the Chitistone is nothing to take lightly. Be prepared for some bushwhacking, but try to avoid it whenever possible. Although this trip is doable in 5 days, I'd strongly recommend taking at least eight days to enjoy some day hikes and side trips. I'd be happy to discuss this further and share some photos and tips. Email me at Phillip.stosberg@gmail.com if you'd like.

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.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Well...not sure where to begin with this! What a trip/trail. We were flown in and could not do the entire trail due to inaccessibility of snow and ice. However we did 7 days out here and saw bears, goats, sheep, avalanches, slides and fantastic scenary! The hike was fairly strenuous having to over uneven boulders and terrain. We used ropes in one section as an aide. Crossing the rivers proved to be our nemecist though. We were ok for the first half of the trip and then all hell broke loose on the return. Weather conditions can make or break you and the trip (as with any Alaskan adventure!). Would love to do this trip again though.

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