The Nabesna District near Slana, AK is about 75 miles to the northeast of Copper Center. There is a Ranger Station which is staffed in the summer and has current road conditions of the Nabesna Road. The Nabesna Road is 42 miles with 3 stream crossings.
The McCarthy Road is about 50 miles to the southeast of Copper Center. This road begins in the historic town of Chitina and proceeds about 59 miles to the end of the road near McCarthy. This road can be bumpy and slow going. Stop by the Chitina Ranger Station, staffed in the summer only, to get current information about the road.
Air travel to either Anchorage (ANC) or Fairbanks (FAI) is the easiest entry to Alaska. Then you'll want to use a car or bus to reach Wrangell-St. Elias If you are flying your own airplane to Wrangell, there are many airstrips in the park.
There is a couple of shuttle bus services that can transport you to Glennallen. The schedules are limited and reservations are required.
Did You Know?
The Copper River, which deposits 75 million tons of sediment annually into its delta and the Gulf of Alaska, has built up a layer of silt 600 feet deep. During summer months, the daily sediment transport can be 750,000 cubic feet, one of the largest river sediment loads known.