We recommend that backcountry travelers use the USGS 1:63,360 (1 inch = 1 mile) topographic maps, also known as 15-minute quadrangle maps, for use in the backcountry. This part of Alaska is not covered by USGS 7.5-minute maps.
The National Geographic Trails Illustrated Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Map provides a great overview of the park for trip planning. It is waterproof, tear resistant, and covers the entire park. Do not rely on this map for navigating in the backcountry.
Wrangell-St. Elias is a dynamic landscape and maps that are just a few years old may no longer reflect what is actually on the ground. Remember that the most detailed maps have 100 foot contour lines. Maps are a vital resource, but always pay careful attention when navigating a route and never unquestioningly follow maps, GPS devices, or advice.
Where Can You Get Maps?
We strongly recommend that you purchase maps before you arrive in the park. The park visitor centers may carry some of the topographic maps that you need for your trip. However, you should not count on the park having the maps that you need. You can purchase topographic maps from Alaska Geographic, your local outdoor store, or the United States Geological Survey (USGS) website.
The map below shows all of the detailed 15-minute topographic maps available for Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve.