Active and dormant volcanoes, historic settlements, and abundant wildlife characterize this great region. Read more →
A capstone adventure in the Wild Alpine line-up, Steller’s Coastal Safari delivers. Strap on some wings and go big on a day when the weather smiles all the way from the coast to Wild Alpine headquarters in the Wrangell Mountains. Fly south in a bush plane from McCarthy with your own naturalist guide and a seasoned mountain pilot. View the remotest reaches of the Chugach range, a time-travel romp through big rock and ice territory. Mount Logan, St. Elias, Miller, and other high peaks accentuate the sobering aerial traverse of the Bagley Icefield and its many glaciers, a last great Ice Age remnant.
- May 15 – September 15, 2014
- 1 Day (8 – 10 hours)
- Begins In
- McCarthy or Kennecott
- Ends In
- McCarthy or Kennecott
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- Shuttle and Bush Plane
- Unsurpassed flight touring experience and local naturalist guides who share their knowledge and love of this wild land.
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- Trip Includes
- Naturalist guide, scenic flight tour with private plane and pilot, multiple landings in remote locations for wildlife viewing, lunch.
- Not Included
- Personal clothing for potentially cool and wet conditions.
After traversing the mountains, consult with your pilot to choose your first wilderness touchdown destination. Options range from a remote Kayak Island beach riddled with bear tracks and history, still wild as the day George Steller and Vitus Bering, the first non-indigenous people to set foot in Alaska, hailed from Russia in 1741.
Depending on the timing, birders and naturalists thrill at sand dune landings in the Copper River Delta, one of the most impressive migratory bird habitats on the continent. Scout for coyote and bears, eat lunch amid the mountains and water known around the world for its sockeye salmon fishery, and imagine your way back up the waterway to the headwater glaciers where you started the journey. If it’s fishing season, get a gull’s-eye view of Copper River commercial fishing grounds.
Jump back in the plane and hop further down the outer coast toward Yakutat to look for wildlife and epic, miles-long sandy beaches. Follow your nose in an incalculable geography of spectacle and wild nature before flying home, again, to try and digest what just happened to you over a meal at the Lodge. Welcome to the world’s edge, and be warned that after Steller’s Coastal Safari, you’ll go home changed.
About the Area
One of the world's great ranges, on par with the Andes and Himalaya. Read more →
Popular for its proximity to Anchorage plus year-round road, bush plane, helicopter and boat access. Read more →
How do I get to McCarthy? From Anchorage, visitors to McCarthy and Kennecott generally take a shuttle or rental vehicle to Chitina, where the paved road ends. From there, visitors can travel either by bush plane or by a scenic 60-mile dirt road. The McCarthy Road was once the route of the Copper River and … Continue reading
What is the weather going to be like during my visit? When talking about weather, “summer” means late May through early September. Average summer temperatures range from 33 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While rare, it has been known to snow in July, so be prepared for cold weather. June through August are the rainiest months, … Continue reading
What is the difference between National Park and Preserve? A National Park is an area of unusual scenic or historic interest owned by the federal government and administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. Mission: The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park … Continue reading
Natural History My Wrangell Mountains (available for viewing or purchase at the Wild Alpine shop in McCarthy) Homberger, Zyle & Larsen / University of Alaska Press Where the Sea Breaks Its Back: The Epic Story of Early Naturalist Georg Steller and the Russian Exploration of Alaska Cory Ford / Alaska Northwest Books Mountain Wilderness: An Illustrated History … Continue reading
Guests are responsible for bringing appropriate outdoor gear. This packing list will help to ensure you have everything you need for your adventure. Plan your travel wardrobe around informal and comfortable clothing. The weather in Alaska is quite variable and changes quickly. High quality waterproof gear is worth the investment, especially for the summer months. … Continue reading