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
Hiking Trip:
Crystalline Hills

Distance: 2.5 mile loop

Difficulty: easier

Approx. hiking time: 1 -1.5 hours

Total elevation gain: +550

Best season: June - September

Access: Trailhead at mile 34.7 of McCarthy Road

Maps: USGS McCarthy B-7 (trail not shown)

Challenges: Bugs unitl mid August


A short and easy hike through a spruce forest with a slight grade to give you a little more exercise. This would make a great trail run with plenty of mosquitoes to provide motivation to maintain the pace. A good leg stretching break on your way to McCarthy. Best in early or late season when there are no bugs.

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