Hike Wrangell-St. Elias National Park With These Expert Tips
America's biggest park is almost six times the size of Yellowstone and has next to no trails. Make the most of your trip there.
Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is absolutely massive; the Alaskan park covers an area larger than Vermont and New Hampshire combined, with a wilderness larger than any other in the United States. It is a rugged park, defined by towering mountains, infinite ice-fields, unstoppable glaciers and dormant volcanoes. The park is so expansive and remote that many travelers, unable to trek through Wrangell-St. Elias’s interior, see the park from above in air taxis. A 5-day trek on the Goat Trail is enough to give hikers a taste of Wrangll-St. Elias, as is the climb through Dixie Pass. The backcountry has few marked or maintained trails, and backpackers must forge their own path through the wild. True Wrangell-St. Elias backpacking trips often stretch into weeks.