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  • Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center to close for the winter on Nov. 1st.

    Wrangell-St. Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, will be closed for the winter starting November 1. The visitor center will re-open on April 1, 2015.

Wrangell-St Elias Backcountry Ranger Blog

We hope you are able to use this Backcountry Blog to assist with your own trip planning or to get a bit of inspiration through these first-hand accounts of America's largest national park.

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions about this blog, or any other aspect of Wrangell-St. Elias. Please note that the comment feature of this blog currently does not work, but please feel free to e-mail us with questions or comments.

 

About This Blog

The Wrangell-St Elias Backcountry Ranger staff updates this blog throughout the season to pass along valuable information to our visitors. The purpose of this blog is both informational and experiential. Some of the posts are intended to pass along valuable information to visitors planning a trip into the backcountry while other posts may tell an interesting backcountry tale from a patrol.

People and The Place

September 26, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Last post of the year.

 

Copper River down to the Coast

September 26, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Patrol Report from a patrol down to Cordova on the Copper River.

 

Last post from SCA Amy

September 12, 2014 Posted by: SCA Amy

Parting post from SCA Amy.

 

Chisana to Nabesna, The Harder Way

September 12, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Trip report from a patrol that went from Chisana to Nabesna.

 

Donoho Basin Patrol

August 15, 2014 Posted by: SCA Amy Marks

Patrol report from Donoho Basin.

 

Pictures from the Park

August 15, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A few of my favorite photos from the last few years. Enjoy!

 

Capital Mountain Traverse

August 02, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Patrol report from a traverse of the Capital Mountain area.

 

Running the Tana

July 11, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A few photos and some beta about running the Tana River.

 

Raft Patrol down the Tana and Chitina Rivers

July 11, 2014 Posted by: SCA Amy Marks

A patrol report from the float down the Tana and Chitina Rivers.

 

So what kind of gear should I use?

June 21, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A post about the type of equipment the backcountry staff uses out in the field.

 

Summer 2014 is off to a fast start!!!

June 20, 2014 Posted by: Ranger Olson

First post of 2014 summer season!

 

Training Patrol to Dixie Pass

June 20, 2014 Posted by: SCA's Eric and Amy

A patrol report from a patrol up to Dixie Pass.

 

Late Season Hike up Trail Creek

September 23, 2013 Posted by: Interpretive Rangers

A short trip report from a late season hike up Trail Creek.

 

2013 Season Wrap-Up

September 23, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Last post for 2013 summer season.

 

Are you in over your head?

September 09, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A bit of analysis on recovering a visitor's backpack from the Goat Trail.

 

Nizina to Chitina Float

September 06, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A trip report from a patrol from the toe of the Nizina Glacier to Chitina.

 

The Goat Trail

September 06, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Kristi Neilson

A guest blog from one of our interpretive rangers that recently hiked the Goat Trail.

 

A few of my favorite things...

July 23, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A post of photos from the last few years.

 

Iceberg to Fan Glacier Patrol

July 22, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Trip report from a patrol from Iceberg Lake to the Fan Glacier.

 

2013 Backcountry Training Patrol

July 09, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Quick report of our training patrol over to Donoho Basin.

 

Copper River Raft Patrol

July 09, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Trip report from a rafting patrol that went from Slana down to Chitina.

 

End of the season

September 27, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Last post of 2012

 

Copper River Float Patrol

September 03, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Patrol report from a river patrol down the Copper River from Chitina to Cordova.

 

Patrolling the North Side

August 25, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

A report from a recent patrol from near Mt Gordon through the Jacksina drainage and over to the Black Mountain area.

 

Rigging for Rescue

August 08, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Members of the Ranger Staff and local mountain guides participated in a Rigging for Rescue Course.

 

Wrangell Plateau to Nugget Creek Patrol

August 08, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Trip Report from a backcountry patrol from Wrangell Plateau to Nugget Creek.

 

Kennicott to Chitina River Patrol

August 08, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

Quick patrol report from Kennicott to Chitina river patrol.

 

Training Patrol and Blog Relaunch

June 26, 2012 Posted by: Ranger Olson

First post of relaunch!!!

 

Last Post of 2011

September 20, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Last post 2011

 

Rangers Help with Mining Clean-Up

July 23, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

AML Project

 

Seven Pass Route Patrol

July 23, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Seven Pass Route

 

The Goat Trail

June 18, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Goat Trail Report

 

BEAR!!!

June 18, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Grizzly Bear Encounter

 

Mt Drum Patrol

May 24, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Mt Drum Patrol

 

2011 Mountaineering Patrol

May 14, 2011 Posted by: Evan Olson

Originally Posted 5/14/2011

 

Did You Know?

Park Visitors

Access and services here may seem very limited when compared to traditional national parks in the Lower 48. What the area may lack in services, it more than makes up for in friendly people, and uncrowded wilderness.