Backpacking Loops Overview

Off-trail adventures in true Alaskan wilderness.

Breathtaking scenery and great off-trail hiking has made backpacking in Wrangell-St. Elias world famous.

Root Glacier

Root Glacier

Duration : 2-7 days
Cost : $
Difficulty : easy-hard
The Fosse

The Fosse

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy - hard
Nizina

Nizina

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy-medium
Nikolai

Nikolai

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy - hard
Fan Glacier

Fan Glacier

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy-hard
Skolai

Skolai

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$
Difficulty : easy-medium
Wrangell Plateau

Wrangell Plateau

Duration : 3-5 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy-med
Iceberg

Iceberg

Duration : 3-6 days
Cost : $$$
Difficulty : easy - hard
Hidden Gems

Hidden Gems

Duration : 3-8 days
Cost : $$$$
Difficulty : easy-hard

Backpacking Loops

One of the biggest rewards of Backpacking Loops is spending time in backpack-access only locations. These are amazing places that you’ll work to get to and we recommend giving yourself ample time to enjoy them once you are there.

Backpacking Loops start with scenic bush plane flights into the backcountry or directly from our office in Kennicott. You will need to be able to carry a pack on these trips that range from 35 – 50 lbs through a variety of terrain.
Trip length and types vary depending on your goals. You can move camp every day, or mix in day hikes and layover days. For example, on a 5 day trip, you may move camp 3 days and have 2 days to enjoy day-hikes without big backpacks.
Although generally less committing than Point-to-Point trips, Backpacking Loops can range from first time backpacking trips to challenging loops in areas not traveled by popular Point-to-Points.

View all Backpacking Loops
TripDifficulty &
Length of Trip
PriceHighlights
Root GlacierEasy - Hard
2-7 days
$Hike in from KWG’s office and explore our unbelievable backyard. Cross glaciers, hike in the alpine and camp with views of icefalls.
The FosseEasy - Hard
3-6 days
$$Fly over Alaska valley glaciers. Hike through wildflower-filled alpine to an iceberg filled lake and views of 16,390 ft Mt. Blackburn.
Nizina LakeEasy - Medium
3-6 days
$$Impressive flight next to the Mile High Cliffs. Mountain and valley views, glacial lake with floating/calving icebergs, dynamic geology.
NikolaiEasy - Hard
3-6 days
$$An impressive flight to a dramatic location. Hike world class ridges with incredible wildflowers, dynamic geology and expansive views.
FanEasy - Hard
3-6 days
$$$A long flight gets you away from the crowds. Excellent hiking to views of hanging glaciers, huge vistas and unique kettle pools.
SkolaiEasy - Medium
3-6 days
$$Fly through the heart of the Wrangells to an epic alpine pass at 6,000ft. Hike to waterfalls, hanging glaciers, lakes and big views.
Wrangell PlateauEasy - Medium
3-5 days
$$$A scenic flight to the enchanting alpine below Mt Wrangell, 14,163 ft. Hike to stunning views of waterfalls, glaciers and high peaks.
IcebergEasy - Hard
3-6 days
$$$Fly through a large portion of the park. Hike to emerald alpine lakes in a valley surrounded by jagged peaks in an impressive landscape.
Hidden GemsEasy - Hard
3-8 days
$$$$These are special trips to places seldom seen. Trips and locations custom tailored to personalized itinerary and logistics.
The excitement for your backcountry adventure begins the minute you first contact us.

Start with our Backcountry Booking Form