Explore the Alaskan wilderness in a close-to-nature way: by backpacking through some of its most beautiful areas.
Just be ready and able to carry your own pack and camp out, and you’ll see areas most Alaskan travelers don’t get to. Choose from a 2-day/1-night hike, or a 3-day/2-night adventure. Led by your expert guides, you’ll trek off to stunning areas like Stairway Ice Fall, Erie Lake, and Donaho Falls. In fact, you’ll be able to craft your own adventure, with must-see highlights along the way. Spending the day hiking and the night outside is always a worthwhile experience, but doing so in the middle of the largest wilderness in the world is incredible. Adding a second night to your backpacking adventure only prolongs the fun!
Kennicott Wilderness Guides
Headquartered in Alaska's most mountainous region, Kennicott Wilderness Guides leads trips in their backyard—a backyard filled with glaciers, alpine tundra, and mountain peaks. The small company—just 12 guides—does backpacking trips that are as long or as short as you’d like to make them. They also can take you for a hike on glacier, fly you into the backcountry to explore, take you ice climbing, or lead you on a packrafting expedition—all unique Alaskan experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. They have the gear, the guides, and the knowledge to do it all. Even the locals turn to Kennicott Wilderness Guides for advice before big trips.
Kennicott, AK 99588
By Car: From Anchorage take the Glenn Highway out of the downtown area and into the Matanuska Valley. Pass the Parks Highway turnoff, continue through the town of Palmer (last stop light and grocery store), and follow it 130 more miles. Turn south in Glenallen (fuel up), taking the Richardson Highway 33 miles through Copper Center. Then turn left on the Edgerton Highway, and cruise 33 more miles to Chitina and the bridge crossing the Copper River. From there it's 60 miles of dirt to McCarthy. From Fairbanks, take the Richardson Highway south through Delta Junction and Glenallen before taking a left on the Edgerton Highway to Chitina and McCarthy.
By Plane: Flying is a quick and convenient way to get to McCarthy and Kennicott. Contact Kennicott Wilderness Guides for specific information.
From Kennicott: All tours leave from office located in Kennicott. For those staying in McCarthy: Pickup is 30 minutes before scheduled tour at Footbridge or MaJohnson's hotel. For those staying in Kennicott, the office is located on Main Street (i.e. walking distance from anywhere in Kennicott).
Prices & Dates
|Season||Late June - Early September|
|Rates||Backburn Basin 3 days / 2 night // Groups of 2: $1,125 per person | Groups of 3: $900 per person | Groups of 4 or more: $750 per person | Departs 10:00 am|
|Skolai Pass 3 Days // Group of 1: $2,890 per person | Group of 2: $1,830 per person | Group of 3: $1,530 per person | Group of 4+: $1,340 per person|
|Skolai Pass 4 Days // Group of 1: $3,540 per person | Group of 2: $2,205per person | Group of 3: $1,830 per person | Group of 4+: $1,590 per person|
|Skolai Pass 5 or 6 Days // See website for details|
|Rate Notes||Private Guide Pricing: Private trips allow you and your guide to design the day that meets your goals and objectives. Contact Kennicott Wilderness Guides for further details and prices.|
|Day trips include: transportation to and from office from local area, all required gear and instruction|
|Day trips do not include: lunch (they can order lunch for you if you call the day before)|
|Overnight trips Include: transportation to and from office from local area, SAT phone, all food (good food too!) and food preparation, tents, technical glacier travel gear|
|Overnight trips do not include: personal gear such as sleeping bags/pads, backpacks, however they are available for rent.|
|These prices DO NOT include airfare. Because each destination has its own airfare associated with it, airfare is considered separate. For more information about total cost of the trip including airfare, please contact us about the trip you are interested in.|