Hiking Alaska's Wrangell St. Elias

National Park and Preserve

by Greg Fensterman

A companion site to the book published by Falcon Guides®

Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Backpacking Trip
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The Goat Trail

Distance: 26 miles

Difficulty: strenuous/advanced

Approx. hiking time: 6-8 days

Total elevation gain: +2793, -4946

Best season: July - early September

Access: Bush flight from McCarthy to Skolai Pass

Maps: USGS McCarthy C-3, C-4, B-4

Challenges: Difficult stream crossings, steep scree slopes, route finding


The Goat Trail is one of the classic trekking routes in the park, it moves through a variety of terrain. There are several challenging stream crossings on the route. You should be experienced and confident in your ability to cross deep and swift streams. One section of the route includes traversing on steep scree slopes with occasional exposre that will make some uncomfortable. There is a path across the slopes but it is thin and not maintained.

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Even detailed route descriptions such as those found in the book are not a substitute for skills and experience. If you would like to do this route but don't feel that you are ready to tackle the Alaskan wilderness on your own, consider a guided trek.

If you are interested in doing this route as part of a guided trek, click here for more inforation on the Goat Trail in Alaska's Wrangell St. Elias National Park.