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Root Glacier Trail, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

We chose to use a guide service- St. Elias. And it was a great choice- 2 miles to the glacier, put on crampons and then another 2 hours walking and about 2 more miles on the glacier and 2 miles out. Our guide knew where...More

Thank Linda A
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Mostly level wide trail to a view of the glacier. The walk down to the glacier (and onto it) gets a bit more challenging and may not be for everyone. There are a couple of pit toilets along the way. Overall a nice afternoon hike...More

Thank RMabe_PA
Reviewed October 19, 2017

The trail is well-maintained, and there are a couple of tent camping sites along the way. The hike ends at the glacier, and it's possible to hike onto the glacier without crampons or other special equipment. A really beautiful hike.

1  Thank Mnbiker
Reviewed August 23, 2017 via mobile

Went on a fantastic guided hike with Ethan of McCarthy Tours. It is a spectacular thing to see and experience in person. Thank you Ethan for pointing out many features we would have missed if we had hiked it alone.

Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

While taking the guided tour will certainly get you around the glacier faster, is poor college students chose to find our own way and did just fine. We didn't have crampons or hiking poles and neither of us fell once or felt unsafe. The glacier...More

1  Thank Christian E
Reviewed July 8, 2016

If you are comfortable hiking at least a few miles, you'll probably consider this hike pretty easy. It starts with a 2 mile hike to the glacier that is very easy at first. The trail is easy to follow but does get somewhat steeper as...More

1  Thank LissaJ41
Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

We didn't use crampons and we were totally fine. It was harder walking down the lose sand and rocks to get from the trail to the glacier than walking on the glacier. The scenery was amazing and the hike wasn't very difficult. If it is...More

1  Thank Travis P
Reviewed September 14, 2015

If you are living in McCarthy take a shuttle to Kennicot.Visit the National park service centre at Kennicot,do see the film about Kennicot mines history,Will be lucky if your time matches the Talk or walk with the Ranger.From the Kennicot Historic Copper factory starts the...More

Thank Arun S
Reviewed August 16, 2015

I just have to weigh in and say that our family did not think the 2 mile hike to the glacier was easy. We were with a guide, so maybe the pace was faster than we would have done well with, but all of us...More

Thank Sherri M
Reviewed August 14, 2015

Hiked out and back to the Root Glacier. It was a pretty easy trail and the end is a great treat - Root Galcier!

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