Well studied in glaciology and geology, our guides will bring you on a glacier hike adventure in one of the earth’s most dynamic landscapes. Outfitted with a pair of crampons and a pre-trip orientation, we’ll shuttle you from our shop in McCarthy 5 miles up the road up to historic Kennecott. Already staying in Kennecott? Let our office know and your guide will meet you outside the Park Service Visitors center.
The cascading alpine and glacial moonscape provide some of the best flora, fauna and photographic vistas in the Kennicott Valley. Our glacier hike begins in historic Kennecott where your guide explains the buildings and history of the purest copper ever found on Earth. The 14 story Concentration Mill and the towering stacks of the old Powerhouse dominate the townscape. Your guides “insider” knowledge will help to illuminate the stories that once unfolded here.
From Kennecott it is a two mile trek along the well-marked glacier trail. Check out wild-flowers, maybe taste a few of the Alaska Berries along the way. The roughly 2 mile hike from bus depot to white ice provides for great photo ops and stops along the way. Your guide will offer a immersive interpretive tour of glacier, 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.
Intermediate From start to finish, group glacier hikes are between 4 & 6 hours and approximately 5-6 miles of hiking. Private reservations are tailored to your groups needs & interest level.
May 20th to September 5th.