The Classic Hike Back

Trip Description: The Classic Hike Back Backpacking Trip

This is a trip our guides started doing over a decade ago in their free time.  It has become an area classic for its diversity in terrain with a relatively inexpensive flight.  Feel the draw of visiting places so magical locals give them names like Oz.

Start the traverse at the river strip beside the Lakina and hike toward the Lakina Glacier.  A big and at times, steep ascent past beautiful waterfalls will bring you into the alpine.  This magical zone of alpine lakes has the opportunity for amazing day hikes or alpine lounging.  From here there are various options for the next leg.

Depending on conditions, abilities and time you may descend the Hidden Creek drainage or go over a small alpine glacier pass.  All routes culminate at Hidden Creek Lake, which is either full of icebergs or an “iceberg graveyard” after it drains in an anual glacial outburst flood event called a jökulhlaup.

An engaging hike over a historic miners trail will bring you to big views of the Kennicott Valley and provide good camping at the Fosse. The next leg brings you from the Fosse across the Kennicott and Root Glaciers to the Root Glacier trail. For more detail of the Fosse to Kennicott, see the Big Valley Hike Back Trip description.


Prices listed are a PER PERSON price, based on the number of clients in your group and the length of your trip. These prices include airfare. Contact us for groups larger then 4.

Classic Hike Back (Backcountry Airfare From McCarthy Included)
Number of Clients6 Days7 Days+

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