Being on a glacier is like nothing I've ever experienced! The views of huge snow-covered mountains, icefalls and the tiny town of Kennicott in the distance are incredible. This is a place I want to go back to again and again. I was able to experience both a glacier hike and an ice climbing day with St. Elias Alpine Guides and had an amazing time. I...more
Chitina Alaska is a small 'ghost' town that lies a couple of hours north of Valdez. It is an interesting detour from the long ride...set aside 2-3 hours and be sure to stop by Liberty Falls. You can often spot Eagles and Bears in this area. Be sure to look into Dipnetting, Bungee Jumping, tours to the old Kennecott Mine and McCarthy areas if you...more
We stopped at this restaurant after spending the night in the rain on the cliffs along the Copper River. A warm plate of eggs and a hot cup of coffee were just the ticket. The atmoshpere was interesting and very historic. I would reccomend stopping here.Copied from their website is this information about their restaurant" Whether you’re looking for...more
Drive from Chitina. The road is not in the greatest shape. Rental Car companies don't let you drive on it, but I have seen many cars on the road anyways. Make sure you have AT LEAST 1 spare tire. Be prepared for washboard roads. There are railroad spikes sticking out of the road that can pierce tires bad.
There is also a shuttle bus from Chitina and flights on McCarthy Air or Wrangell Mountain Air
Walk, bike. There is a shuttle but from McCarthy foot bridge to Kennicott (10 miles or so).
This is really embarrassing but I'm not the only one this has happened to. I was near Chitina in the Wrangell St Elias NP and my group wanted to go down to the rivers edge to watch the fishwheels catching salmon. I drove down there with our 15 passenger van and followed some wheel tracks across the 'wet' sand. Well, suddenly the van just sunk and...more
The road to McCarthy is a 58.3-mile/93.8-km gravel road through virtually untouched Alaskan wilderness. (Although keep in mind that some of the wilderness might be privately owned land.) The road begins where the Edgerton Highway ends (just past Chitna) and dead ends on the west side of the Kennicott River. The McCarthy Road is only recommended for...more
Luggage and bags:
RainGear. Backpacks. Once you cross the foot bridge, you walk on a gravel road about 5 minutes into McCarthy. If you are going to Kennicott Glacier Lodge, you can hop on a shuttle there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots if you plan on doing any hikings. Crampons for glacier walking. There is a company that guides on the glacier, and they probably rent crampons.
Raingear. Fleece. It may be cooler on the glacier.
Miscellaneous: (photo from Chitina)
Go iceclimbing or glacier walking near McCarthy in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park. Photo: That's me climbing on the Root Glacier in August 1996. For more see St. Elias This park is an isolated wilderness of 13.2 million acres - that's 6x the size of Yellowstone! This region contains more than 100 major glaciers and has the largest...more