This remote canyon in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park makes for dramatic flightseeing: You’ll see mountains and glaciers, as well as an actual shift in terrains from Wrangell limestone to volcanic rock. Some of the mountains might even remind you of the buttes that you’d see in the Southwest.
This is also a great spot to get dropped off by a bush plane so that you can hike above the treeline. The basic, wildlife-traveled trails are similar to the nearby Goat Trail used by prospectors more than a century ago. Keep your eyes out for lots of sheep and (no surprise) goats, too.
What to Bring
If you’re going to be dropped off for hiking, you’ll need to be prepared for serious wilderness: emergency food and water, and extra layers such as warm hat, gloves and waterproof rain gear. If you’re going to camp, you’ll want a sleeping bag good to 20 degrees and a lightweight stove.