This trail winds alongside the Kennicott and Root Glaciers, and hiking it is a great opportunity to experience the grandeur of the Wrangell Mountains and see more of the valley. They left their rig on the other side of the river and took the bucket across. To get to the Root Glacier trail [pdf], you can take a van from the footbridge or McCarthy to Kennecott for $5. Wow, Awesome, Amazing I could go on and on but words can’t describe this adventure you got to experience. Peer into glacial ponds or deep blue holes (moulins), take in vast and open landscape, or follow the creeks on the surface of the glacier into their turquoise slot canyons. Road Conditions – The road is only 59 miles long, most of it is dirt and it follows the railbed of the old Copper River & Northwestern Railway. I watch the series Edge of Alaska and the fellow that owns most of the town is trying to reopen the mine. Yes, we did notice some of the national parks and such that had nice boardwalks,lookouts and such. My hubby and I went to Alaska in 2013 and have not been the same since and are craving to go back again as we did not go to the places that you have and we just have to go again! Or, if you are looking for an in-town stroll, take the Wagon Road Trail which connects McCarthy and Kennicott via a 1.5 hour walk. The drive was somewhat of an adventure itself. Your guides “insider” knowledge will help to illuminate the stories that once unfolded here. Jason, great shot but wow that looked scary. From the Kennecott Visitor Center, walk through the Kennecott Mill Town, north towards the Root Glacier. Don’t know if that’s a word. After this, the glacier walk is generally mild, with some inclines and declines traveled at a safe, slow pace. We don’t watch the TV show (or much tv at all) so I wouldn’t have known even if we did run into one of them. How blessed you are to have that opportunity. Hopefully I won’t be too old to make the hike by then. Otherwise, you’re really in for something special when you hike to Root Glacier. I have watched many episodes of ‘Edge of Alaska’ and cringed when I saw that you guys went there! Looks like my decision has been made! You know how sometimes you trust your gut and everything works out? Thanks so much for sharing. When the sun was out, it was perfect! It is open and well worth a nice long visit! I get the same emotions thinking back on it now and know you will do the same. Strap on crampons and explore the otherworldly surface of the Root Glacier on this icy trek! Would love to do this hike but before I commit I would like to know the approximate mileage of the hike…do you have any idea? I’m hoping to take my wife to see all the places I saw in my youth. This national park, the largest in the entire USA, contains some of the highest concentration of glaciers and 16,000 foot mountains in the world. Glad to see Kennicott has reopened as if was closed that summer, or so we were told. Absolutely gorgeous! We did the 5 day glacier and tundra hike where they dropped us off, by bush plane, and we had to hike back to Kennicott with our guide. Wow this is stunning, so glad I found your article. Is it noticeably more expensive than little towns in the Lower 48? I am ready to go back to McCarthy!! After “lunch with a view”, the possibilities are endless. I have no idea how McCarthy ended up in our Alaska Bound plans but for some reason I knew we had to get here. The views of the Kennicott Glacier, Chitina River Valley and the Wrangell and Chugach Mountains are awe-inspiring. It’s awesome of you both to put in all the work to share it with all us envious followers! The trail starts at the end of Kennecott. The focus of the tour is on enjoying the beauty of the glacial streams and blue glacier ice as well as exploring the ice cliffs and awe inspiring waterfalls and blue pools along the way. Our kids are used to hiking up to 8 miles in one day–we do a lot of hiking! How fortunate are we got to tag along and have our memories captured by your cameras. Love Alaska it has a natural awe inspiring Terran Join us for an exciting half day Glacier Hike adventure of the Root Glacier in Kennecott, Alaska. You guys looked like you were on another planet., Simply wonderful place to visit!! I couldn’t wait to get the next Alaskian video…and let me tell you…I wasn’t disappointed. There is a risk for sure and a guide would be a good idea but you know your children best…their limits and skills. We were warned by numerous people NOT to drive our RV down this road “It’s the WORST road in Alaska” so naturally we say “challenge accepted” and we eagerly begin the adventure…you know…for testing purposes. Optional trips are available with St. Elias Alpine Guides, located across the street from the lodge on Main Street in Kennicott…which is five miles up the hill from McCarthy. The highlight of the drive is the spectacular single lane Kuskulana Bridge soaring 238 feet above the river, it’s absolutely thrilling to drive over, especially considering it was originally constructed in 1910 (but don’t worry it’s been reinforced and updated since then). After the short but magnificent flight into the Kennicott Valley, visitors either join up with a guide to hike on the blue-and-white Root Glacier or explore the historic frontier town of McCarthy and participate in a guided tour of the abandoned Kennecott company town and mill building. We are currently camp hostong in Oregon and hope to cross paths with you some day so we can share a beer. We also had pizzas at the bus and it tasted unbelievably awesome (maybe we were too hungry). We immediately hopped out and popped open a tasty brew and began to soak in the scenery. Checkout some of our pics here. It was the hardest five days of our lives but well worth it. Save your favorites. It’s on our bucket list. Typically we try to keep our stories in order so it makes for easier research, however this amazing glacier hike is the thing that’ll inspire you to come here, and if you’re not sold after this video then you won’t need to read all the extra details below. I also held my breath when you casually jumped over some crevices, but the scenery was beautiful and I enjoyed every minute of your video. 8-10 miles of hiking in approximately 8 hours. Getting more excited everyday to get to AK. Wish I could go……wish I could go ……wish I could go!!! One alternative is to drive only your pickup and stay at either Glacier Lodge in Kennicott or McCarthy cabins, and it looks like there are a few airbnbs there as well. Unfolded here into town for open mic night at the Kennecott Lodge or it. Hardest five days of our little slice of the way, it just depends on how much you ’ have. 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