Alaska Glacier Hiking – Summer Half Day


No glacier experience is necessary to enjoy Wild Alpine’s Alaska Glacier Hiking – Summer Half Day adventure on the Root Glacier, available May 15 – September 15. Witness stunning glacial features including blue pools, crevasses, surface streams and waterfalls, and even moulins (holes drilled into the glacial ice by meltwater). Very few glaciers in the world are as accessible and stunning as the Root. Its close proximity to Kennecott makes it possible to enjoy a rare mix of nature and human history in a single day.

May 15 – September 15, 2014 
Begins In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Ends In
McCarthy or Kennecott 
Contact Us 
Interpretive tour highlighting the local human and natural history of the Kennicott Valley. Two-mile scenic hike to – and on top of – the Root Glacier. Celebrate a special occasion with fine wine and fare upgrade, our signature Goldfield Picnic Basket. 
Novice, Intermediate 
4+ miles 
Spring, Summer, Fall 
Guide Ratio
4 clients : 1 guide 
Hikers should be comfortable hiking over easy to moderate, uneven terrain. 
Priced From
$95 per person 
Trip Includes
Private guide, interpretive tour of natural and human history features, gear for walking safely on the ice. 
Not Included
Accommodations and meals in McCarthy / Kennecott, personal outdoor clothing. 

On the morning of your trip, meet your private guide at our shop in downtown McCarthy or your hotel, get outfitted with crampons, and you’re off! Wearing your own sturdy hiking boots, you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour through the historic Kennecott Mines National Historic Landmark on your two-mile approach to the Root Glacier.

Hike through historic Kennecott mill site in Wrangell St Elias National Park on half and full day glacier hike with Wild Alpine guides, Alaska

Kennecott Mines entry point, a designated National Historic Landmark and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

hike through Kennicott Mill site on your way to glacier hiking and ice climbing on the Root Glacier with Wild Alpine

Hikers pass through the Kennecott Copper Corporation’s historic mill site on their way to the Root Glacier.

Hike along an "easy/moderate" established trail over Jumbo Creek on your way to the Root Glacier.

The Root Glacier trail is an easy/moderate route maintained by the National Park Service.

Learn how Alaska’s glaciers are formed, how they move, and how to safely explore their ever-changing features.

On the moraine (the edge of the glacier), strap on your steel crampons, learn techniques from your guide, have a snack, and you’re ready to hike on top of the glacier. In one half day (4-6 hours), Wild Alpine’s Half Day Summer Glacier Hike offers a solid introduction to the sport of high alpine exploration plus a peek into Alaska’s lucrative entrepreneurial beginnings and natural history of the Wrangell Mountains.

guided hike on the Root Glacier, Wrangell St Elias National Park Alaska with Wild Alpine

Feel safe following a route carefully selected by your mountain guide on the Root Glacier.

Hike confidently across the vast Root Glacier flanked by Mount Blackburn and Donoho Peak.

fun exploring the Root Glacier on half day glacier hikes with wild alpine guides alaska

Explore in detail rivers, caves, blue pools and other beautiful features of the Root Glacier.





As with all Wild Alpine adventures, the itinerary for your visit to the Kennecott Valley is entirely unique and customized to your goals. Flightseeing tours can be combined with our half day hiking adventures, making yours a full-day adventure. Contact us for details.

Recommended Schedule: 9am or 1pm departures
8:45 am: Meet your guide in Kennecott or at our shop in downtown McCarthy.
9:00 am – 9:30 am: Get outfitted with glacier travel gear: crampons and trekking poles.
9:30 am – 11:00 am: 2-mile interpretive walking tour of Kennecott and the Root Glacier trail.
11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Glacier exploration; hike at your own pace with lots of breaks for photos, lunch.
2:00 pm: Arrive back in McCarthy or Kennecott.

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Day Hiking Gear List

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