Half-Day Root Glacier Hike
Difficulty: Beginner - anyone excited for Alaskan wilderness!
Dates: Offered daily at 9am from May 27th to September 10th, 2017. Additional tour time of 1pm from July 1st to August 15th, 2017. Other start times and/or custom/private trips available - inquire with us for details!
Price: $90 adult/$70 child
Copper Oar Kennecott Office: Where you will meet your guide and get outfitted for your glacier hike!
Donoho Peak: Striking peak that rises above the Root Glacier.
Root Glacier: Where we first set foot on the glacier!
Jumbo Creek: Beautiful tumbling creek with a waterfall on your hike out to the glacier.
Glacial Features: Area full of glacial features, such as waterfalls, blue pools, canyons, and moulins.
The “Coolest” Hike in Alaska!
Come join us and experience the best glacier hiking in Alaska. At our office in historic Kennecott, you will meet your guides and get outfitted with crampons – metal spikes that fit to your shoes, enabling you to walk on ice with ease! Then you’ll head out on a 2 mile hike to the white ice of the Root Glacier, learning about glaciology and natural history along the way. When you reach the ice, you’ll receive expert instruction on how to walk in crampons, and then it’s time to explore!
Enjoy beautiful rivers, waterfalls, canyons, crevasses, and blue pools as you hike around this frozen landscape of ice. Out on the glacier, there is no set route, so you and you guide can head in whatever direction is most interesting to you. After a picnic lunch on the glacier (we’ll provide a pad to sit on), you’ll head back to the trail and return to Kennecott. You will be back in time to participate in the afternoon Kennecott Mill Tour, or explore the historic town of Kennecott on your own.
- Great for anyone able to hike approximately 5 miles
- Blue pools, canyons, crevasses, and other beautiful ice formations
- Experienced guides who have detailed knowledge of glaciology, and local natural history
- Breathtaking views of the 7,000ft high Stairway Icefall and 16,394ft Mt. Blackburn