Best American Adventures: Trek Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve

Wrangell-st elias 

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By Kate Siber; Photograph by Whit Richardson, Aurora Photos

Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias National Park &
Preserve, the country’s largest national park, operates on an entirely
different scale than the Lower 48. Let’s just review the numbers: Six
times the size of Yellowstone, it’s home to the country’s largest
collection of glaciers and peaks over 16,000 feet (4,879 meters),
including nine of the 16 tallest mountains. Parts of the national park
are so remote and unexplored that mountains, glaciers, and passes
remain unnamed, and only two roads—both gravel—enter it at all. Few
visitors ever set foot into the backcountry. All of this adds up to
that rarest of finds: true solitude.

Because
there are limited well-trod trails in the park, backpackers usually
forge their own routes, which is why a guide can come in handy. Enter
Greg Fensterman, the author of the FalconGuides to trekking
in the park and owner of the outfitter Trek Alaska. After exploring the
park for the better part of a decade, Fensterman now offers choice
guided treks, ranging from several days of bush-plane-accessed base
camping and pleasant day hikes to nine days of serious climbs, swift
river crossings, and bushwhacking. Either way, the rewards are
indescribable: You’ll witness paper-white peaks that rise 9,000 feet
(2,743 meters) out of valley floors, spot grizzlies that have likely
never seen humans, and witness a place so remote and wild it could very
well be the end of the world.

Need to Know: Contact the National Park Service (www.nps.gov/wrst) for information on backpacking. Trek Alaska offers five-day trips from $900 (www.trekalaska.com).

Comments

  1. Liam@Trekking Life
    October 13, 2010, 6:39 pm

    Sounds incredible. I love the idea of trekking for weeks and not seeing another soul and love even more that the wilderness is still so untouched. And even though I never really thought about it I had no idea there were still unnamed mountains in the US.

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    October 20, 2010, 3:21 pm

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  5. Boston Hotel
    January 23, 2012, 11:20 pm

    This park almost look like a paradise, hiking and trekking would be more fun over here, thinking to plan my next trip over here only.

  6. Hai
    February 25, 2012, 7:47 am

    Marvelous Kate Siber.This is what i’ve been looking for.We’ve got National Parks and Reserves in Vietnam where we often go trekking and canoeing.I will follow all the posts.
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