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:
Donoho Lakes Glacier Trek

Distance: 13-16 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Approx. hiking time: 3-5 days

Total elevation gain: +1385, -1141

Best season: Late May - September

Access: Depart on foot from Kennicott

Maps: USGS McCarthy C-6

Challenges: Sometimes-challenging glacier crossings, difficult moraine, streams


This trip is all about exploring the world of glaciers with the opportunity to check out three different ones: the Root, Kennicott and Gates glaciers. A trip across the Donoho land mass provides the opportunity to climb Donoho Peak if you're feeling hearty.

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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 information on the Donoho Lakes glacier trek in Wrangell St. Elias National Park.