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?
Talk about extremes! In Barrow, Alaska, the sun rises on May 10 and doesn’t set again until August 2. On November 18, the sun slips below the horizon and isn’t seen again until January 24.