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:
Fireweed Mountain

Distance: 11 miles out and back

Difficulty: Very strenuous/advanced

Approx. hiking time: 10-12 hours

Total elevation gain: +5500, -5500

Best season: June - September

Access: McCarthy Road mile 59, Park Service Information Station

Maps: USGS McCarthy B-6

Challenges: Route finding, very steep slopes, scree, brush, possible exposure.


This is one of the more demanding day hikes available out of McCarthy and involves serious route finding and bushwhacking to reach the summit. Care must be taken on slopes that are often very steep with loose rock. Terrific veiws of the whole valley from the sumitt.

This will take a full day so get an early start. Best to do the hike in the early or late season when there are no bugs and less vegetation on the lower slopes.

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