Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Hiking Trip: Nugget Creek
Distance: 29 miles out and back (to cabin)
Approx. hiking time: 3-4 days
Total elevation gain: +987, -864
Best season: June - September
Access: Trailhead at Strelna, exit McCarthy Road at mile 14.5
Maps: USGS McCarthy C-8, Valdez C-1
Challenges: Nugget Creek at high flow
The easy trail to Nugget Creek makes this one of the fastest routes into real backcountry from a road accessible trailhead. The trail is an ATV trail so you can really book and make great time. Plan to spend a couple of days at the cabin.
From the public use cabin you can explore the moraine of the glacier or head up to the mining ruins in the valley above. Plan to spend a least a couple of days at the cabin.
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.
If you are interested in doing this route as part of a guided trek, click here for more information on guided backpacking treks in Wrangell St. Elias National Park.