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:
Tonsina River

Distance: 2 miles out and back

Difficulty: Easier

Approx. hiking time: 6-9 days

Total elevation gain: -477, +477

Best season: June - early September

Access: Trailhead at mile 12.3 of McCarthy Road

Maps: USGS Valdez C-3 (trail not shown)

Challenges: Some wet spots


A short and easy hike that makes a great leg stretcher for travelers in need of some fresh air. It also makes a good lunch stop with panoramic views at the river bluff.

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