Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Backpacking Trip: Sanford River to Dadina River
Distance: 16 miles
Approx. hiking time: 4-6 days
Total elevation gain: +2713, -2904
Best season: July - early September
Access: Bush flight from Gulkana to Sandford River
Maps: USGS Gulkana A-1, A-2
Challenges: Route finding, steep side-hilling, moraine, stream crossings
4 to 6 day backpacking trip across a plateau and down the Dadina River with dramatic views of Mount Drum (12,010’) Mount Sanford (16,237’) and Mount Wrangell (14,163’). This is a wild and remote area with unsurpassed scenery, alpine tundra, and solitude. Watch for sign of caribou, Dall sheep, moose, bison, and ptarmigan.
Even detailed route descriptions such as those found in the book are not a substitute for skills and experience. If you would like to do this route but don't feel that you are ready to tackle the Alaskan wilderness on your own, consider a guided trek.
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