Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center Switching to Fall Hours on Sept. 20th
Wrangell-St Elias's main visitor center, located near Copper Center, AK, is on fall hours starting September 20th. The fall hours of operation are Mon.-Fri. 9:00 am-4:00 pm, closed on federal holidays.
Mountaineering in the St. Elias Range
The coastal mountains in the St. Elias Range of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, topped by 18,008' Mt. St. Elias, are among the least visited mountains of their elevation in North America. Mountaineering is made especially challenging by a stormy weather pattern including an excess of 100 inches of precipitation a year. Unpredictable storms frequently cause delays in transportation to base camp and often force "hunkering down" for several days or abandoning summit attempts. Many climbs involve as much as four weeks of time for a serious attempt. Many mountains in the range are unnamed and only limited information is available on most routes.
American Alpine Journals:
Bears can be a problem in lower elevation camps. Camps should be kept clean and food must be stored properly to avoid attracting bears. All litter, including wands and fixed ropes, must be removed. Though not required, climbers are encouraged to fill out a "Mountaineering Information Sheet", and to stop by or call the Yakutat District Ranger Station before heading into the park/preserve.
All climbing expeditions that originate on or traverse onto Canadian soil must secure a permit in advance from the Superintendent, Kluane National Park Reserve, Canada (403-634-2251). Please note that Kluane National Park Reserve has different rules and regulations than Wrangell-St. Elias NP/P.
For more information contact the Yakutat District Ranger, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park/Preserve, P.O. Box 137, Yakutat, AK 99689 (907-784-3295) or the Wrangell-St. Elias Chief Ranger (907-822-5234).
Did You Know?
Mt. Sanford (16,237’), in the Wrangell Mountains, was named by Lt. Henry T. Allen in 1885 for his great grandfather, Rueben Sanford