Root Glacier Trail, McCarthy

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#5 of 6 in Outdoors in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve
Hiking Trail · Nature / Park
Root Glacier Trail is located in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve. Use our McCarthy tour itinerary website to visit Root Glacier Trail on your trip to McCarthy, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We enjoyed this hike. I would rate it as an easier day hike. I wouldn't step on the glacier if you don't have crampons...too risky in my opinion. If you have crampons and poles - you will be fine.....  more »
  • After you visit the historic mine, keep walking for about 2 miles and you will reach a 1/2 mile descent down to Root Glacier. From there you can venture out onto the glacier. The 2 mile part of the...  more »
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  • Fairly easy 1 hour hike to glacier. Glacier massive so spend as long or as little as you like. Crampons a must. You may be able to rent from a local outfitter but call in advance to be sure. If in doubt bring your own. You are standing on ice, so even in summer you should pack a fleece and a windshell. Make sure to bring drinking water if you will be out several hours.
  • Amazing glacier trekking!

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