Most backcountry routes in Wrangell-St. Elias require numerous creek and river crossings. Bridges and log crossings are virtually non-existent. These crossings can be VERY dangerous without preparation, patience, and planning. Hikers must be familiar with safe techniques for crossing rivers and streams. Many are impassable, even for experts. Other can change quickly from trickling creeks to raging torrents, so be especially cautious.
Keep these points in mind when crossing water channels:
If a crossing seems too risky...it probably is!
Did You Know?
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.