At over 13 million acres Wrangell St. Elias National Park and Preserve is by far the largest and some would say the best in the national park system. The park and preserve was established in 1980 by ANILCA, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. This protected area is included in an International Biosphere Reserve and is part of the Kluane/ Wrangell St. Eliasc / Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek UNESCO World Heritage Site and combines to form the largest area of protected land in North America.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is backpacking and hiking paradise. The park includes a large portion of the Saint Elias Mountains, which include most of the highest peaks in the United States and Canada, yet are within 10 miles (16 km) of tidewater. The Chugach range also passes through the park and contains some of the best hiking and backpacking routes in Alaska offering a wide range of terrain and mostly easy travel and navigation. The Chugach offers some of the most hiking and backpacking friendly terrain in Alaska.
Wrangell St. Elias National Park is the location for the majority of our Alaska hiking trips. It does take a little longer to get here but it's well worth it.
Ideal for folks with no backpacking experience as we usually set a base camp and do some day hikes on the Fan Glacier and alpine ridges with stunning views. This area of Alaska gets little snow making it a great early season hiking destination.
Unique Alaska high country backpacking route with amazing views, waterfalls, hanging glaciers, bears, caribou and Dall sheep. Those with and interest in Alaska geology will love this trip - geodes, fossils and more abound.
Stunning and dramatic terrain with hanging glaciers, icefields, glacier hiking, ridge walks, alpine lakes, moderate scramble summits. A classic Alaskan valley and ridge-line for moderate backpacking and exploration.
An extremely challenging Alaska backpacking trip that is recommended only for those with backpacking experienced and preferably experience on Alaskan routes. Very rugged and steep terrain but the reward is the chance to see Alaskan country that only a handful have travelled. One of the only routes that passes through the rugged Wrangell range. Private groups only. A great capper to a wilderness travel career.
Remote Alaskan adventure with amazing ridge walks, views of the University range and gold mining history. Not quite as demanding as the Seven Pass but still with some backpacking challenges up and over the ridges. But the ridge tops rewards with great Alaskan vistas of snow covered peaks.
This is our ultimate Alaskan sampler trek with a lot of variety over the route. Terrain runs from glaciers to verdant valleys to high lonesome passes. If you think you will only go on one Alaska backpacking trip, this is the one to do.
One of the most popular spots in the park due to the dramatic peaks, hanging glaciers and great Alaska wildlife spotting including Dahl sheep and caribou. Backpacking, base camp and loop style trips are possible. This is a classis Alaskan pass.
Alpine Alaskan lakes nestled amid rolling tundra and easier terrain make it a more laid back choice - also a great family spot. Usually done as a base camp or hybrid trip with some backpacking and some day hiking. Enjoy the fantastic scenery with more moderate hiking.
One of our most popular shorter trips. Quintessential Alaskan terrain featuring glacier exploration and jaw-dropping, in-your-face views of the glaciers, icefalls and Wrangell range peaks. Our most econimical backpacking trip.