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Rafting & Glacier Hiking Day Trips

Root Glacier Hikes, Rafting, & Kayak Tours

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White Water Rafting, Root Glacier Hikes, Lake Kayak Tours, & More

McCarthy River Tours is proud to offer an array of affordable, active one day Alaska adventures that are suitable for folks of all age and adventure levels. We pioneered the Kennicott Glacial Lake & River Raft, the first one day whitewater rafting trip in McCarthy that does not require an airplane pick up, and thus we were able to offer a raft trip that all can afford. We are excited to immerse you in the natural beauty and human history of our little slice of paradise. All of our day tours are loaded with local knowledge of the natural & human history of the Kennicott Valley. Our fun, knowledgeable guides are excited to take you on a journey through our valley that you won’t soon forget. Check Alaska Adventure off your bucket list and join us for a fantastic introduction to the scenery of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, America’s Largest National Park.

Getting to McCarthy is a journey in and of itself; why not have a place to chill once you’re here? Combine your Alaskan Adventure with one of our excellent McCarthy, Alaska, lodging options.

4 Hour Kennicott Glacier Lake River Raft Trip - McCarthy River Tours

Kennicott Glacier Lake & River Rafting - 4 Hour

Jump off an Iceberg, float next to the face of a 25-mile-long glacier & Raft Class III Whitewater on a Kennicott River Rafting Tour! Kennicott River rafting is the perfect trip for families, friends & workgroups looking for fun and excitement in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Our Kennicott River Rafting day trips are great for all skill levels, the waves are fun, and the lake is an experience that no one should miss! If you only have time to do one activity while visiting Wrangell-St. Elias National Park take the adventure everyone is talking about!
4 Hours
8+
Glacier Hiking in Alaska - McCarthy River Tours

Custom Root Glacier Hikes

Spend an unforgettable day exploring the Root Glacier, one of Alaska's most scenic one-day treks! Explore the Blue Pools, Moulins, Crevasses, and rolling Ice of the Root Glacier accompanied by one of our local, knowledgeable guides. From Kennicott, it is a two-mile trek along the well-marked glacier trail. The roughly 2-mile hike from the bus depot to white ice provides for great photo-ops and stops along the way. Your guide will offer an immersive interpretive tour of glaciers, alpine mountains, and the creatures that roam here. You’ll spend a few hours circling moulins, traversing fields of ice & basking in the beauty of blue pools, ice-falls & soaring mountains.
4-6 hours
8+
Kayakers floating on the Glacier Lake - McCarthy River Tours

Kennicott Glacial Lake Kayak Tour - Half Day

Take an exciting 4-hour Alaska glacial kayak tour on the Kennicott Glacier Lake paddle among icebergs, hike on the rocky surface of the ancient ice and watch as geology happens before your eyes. Our Glacier Kayak Tour is designed for folks wanting to get out and experience the beauty of the Kennecott Valley in a safe and informative way. Take a walk on the glacier's rocky surface, and listen to the glacier quietly cracking and tumbling while you scout for bears and other wildlife along the shore and even sometimes on the ICE! Your guide is versed in Glaciology and we all love to talk about our “giant freezer” that ends abruptly just outside of town.
4 hours
8+
Glacier Kayaking in Alaska - McCarthy River Tours

Nizina Lake Iceberg Kayak & Fly

Fly in a bush plane, float next to the edge of a glacier, jump from icebergs, and learn the skills of kayaking in Alaska! Offering both beginner and intermediate kayak tours, enjoy Alaska’s fastest-growing water sport! Spend time talking about the historic Kennicott Mines, the myriad 6,000-foot + mountains, the unbelievable mile-high Stairway Ice Fall, and 16,000-foot Mount Blackburn among many other topics that can make you feel as if you are paddling your kayak in a fine art painting. Our tours are filled with a well-rounded interpretative introduction to the history and landscape of the Kennicott Valley & Wrangell St. - Elias National Park.
8 hours (Air Taxi dependent)
12+
Kennicott Lodge Cabins and Grounds - McCarthy River Tours

McCarthy Lodging Options

 Getting to McCarthy is a journey in and of itself, why not have a place to chill once you’re here? Combine your Alaskan Adventure with one of our amazing McCarthy, Alaska, lodging options.