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:
Trail Creek / Lost Creek

Distance: 20 miles out and back

Difficulty:Moderate

Approx. hiking time: 2-4 days

Total elevation gain: +2857, -2919

Best season: Late June - September

Access: Trailhead at mile 29.8 of Nabesna Road

Maps: USGS Bering Glacier C-5, D-4, D-5

Challenges: Rocky terrain, numerous stream crossings


A 2-4 day loop trip that heads up Trail Creek to a 6000' pass, then down the other side and back to the Nabesna Road via Lost Creek. Good chance of spotting sheep at the pass.

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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.