• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Seven Pass Route Patrol

July 23, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

I just returned from a patrol that went from Iceberg Lake to Bremner. This is a route that seems to be increasing in popularity each season. We encountered several parties along this route including one group that had already been in the backcountry for 30 days!

This route is popular because of the incredible views along the way. However, with popularity comes impacts. This route passes through several areas that are very sensitive to human impacts and we found litter, social trails starting to develop and impacted campsites. If you are going to hike this route (or any other popular route) remember to practice Leave No Trace principles. Please pack out all your trash and don't camp in areas where it looks like others recently camped. We also ran into several food habituated ground squirrels. Feeding wildlife makes it more difficult for them to survive the harsh winters and makes the squirrels much more likely to chew on your tent or backpack in search of a snack. Please do not feed any of the wildlife.

The weather has been outstanding the last few days. Sunny days mean the rivers rise with glacial melt so keep that in mind if you're planning a trip.

Here are a few photos from our patrol.

Lake above Golconda Creek

Ranger on patrol!

Lake on Iceberg to Bremner Route

Ranger checking a campsite at Iceberg Lake


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