At mile 34.7 McCarty Road on the left there is a marked trailhead. Crystalline Hills Trail is a 2.5 mile loop, at the base of Crystalline Hills, that will take you through a dense spruce forrest. There is a beautiful view of the Chitina River Valley from the trail.
By the time you reach this trailhead you've already had the pleasure of gazing upon the Crystalline Hills . The Wrangell Mountains contain a wide variety of mountain compositions. They were formed millions of years ago by classic plate-tectonic thrusting. If you look closely, you should be able to see folds in the rock. While being formed, these young mountains were shaken up by serious volcanic activity. Things heated up when the terrain carrying rock north for the Chugach Mountains began pushing on the Wrangells. If following the milepost markers, you'll find the trailhead at milepost 35.2. This hike is a great opportunity to prolong the Crystalline Hills experience. It's relatively easy traveling and gets you some nice views of the mountains looming above, as well as looking south towards the Chugach Mountains. About 15-20 minutes of hiking will get you to a viewpoint worth leaving your car for. This area has long been used by sheep hunters, so if you have binoculars you may want to spend some time scanning these hills. If it's later in the summer season, from mid-August through late-September, it's best not to dress in white (hunting season). You may have heard the Last Frontier saying that to experience Alaska all you have to do is step off the road. This trail is a great opportunity to spend additional quality time in the wilderness and take one more step away from civilization.