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:
Liberty Falls High Country

Distance: 25+ miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

Approx. hiking time: 3-5 days

Total elevation gain: +5378, -5013

Best season: July - early September

Access: Mining road off Edgerton Highway

Maps: USGS Valdez B-2, C-2

Challenges: Route finding, serious bushwhacking, wet terrain


A beautiful area that is rarely visited. Just across the road from Wrangell-St. Elias, the region is on BLM land and so has no wilderness, park or other designation draw attention to itself. A great place top explore.

Be sure to watch out for the beaver dams up top. If you're not careful you can wander right into a marshy mess that some beavers have created.

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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 guided backpacking treks in Wrangell St. Elias National Park.