Kennicott Wilderness Guides

Kennicott Wilderness Guides

Kennicott Wilderness Guides
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8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
About
We are a small group of dedicated, knowledgeable guides enthusiastic about the beauty and diversity of Wrangell-St.Elias National Park. We offer 1/2 and full day glacier hikes. Beginning to advanced Ice Climbing instruction, packrafting courses and adventures, as well as basecamping & backpacking trips. We also offer customized full service package trips as well!
Kennicott, Alaska

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Kenzie L
Portland, OR5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The highlight of our time in Alaska was spent with KWG! They went above and beyond to ensure we had every detail taken care of when we were in their care for 4 days and each of our travel days on either end of our trip with them. Jill was a wonderful guide who picked up on our group dynamics right away and jumped right in to make us feel like a big old family out there. We felt safe at all times with her knowledge and experience, the gear we borrowed saved us space in our packs and worked great, and the flexible itinerary helped us maximize the weather windows. Ice climbing, pack rafting, exploring in the backcountry, games in camp, meals together, everything was AWESOME.
Written September 21, 2021
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James B
Anchorage, AK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
I cannot say enough great things about our 1/2 day Glacier Hike with Becca and Kennicott Wilderness Guides. First, both my wife and are disabled veterans and Becca adjusted the hike speed to meet our needs. While we both walk a lot, we left running behind a few decades ago and sometimes it is hard to keep up with groups. Becca set a great pace and routinely verified our status. We hiked out to the glacier and got educated on crampons. Note: I have not worn crampons in over 3 decades - but KWG made it easy. We got settled into our crampons, adjusted our protective gear (gloves, glasses, and hats) and practiced on the glacier. For the next few hours, we explored and learned from Becca, who is also a geologist about the formation of the glacier, the rocks, the forming life cycles, and saw some outstanding views from a glacier to include Regal Mountain, Blackburn Mountain, Donahue and a few other great sites in this wonderful and peaceful setting. We stopped for a lunch break overlooking a beautiful and idyllic glacial pool, We safely traversed the back of the glacier and even enjoyed loads of glacial water. KWG advertised a great packing list, verified our health and comfort status regularly throughout the trip and made it a magical visit to a glacier. We have been to many glaciers in our time in Alaska, but this was simply the BEST GLACIAL TOUR we have ever had, Period!
Written June 12, 2021
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MinnesotaSoonersfan
Plymouth, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Solo
My favorite part was truly the entire experience! Walking on Root Glacier was something that will stand out in my memories for the rest of my life! The weather was difficult, 40 degrees with a hard frigid driving rain but our guide expertly kept us safe and having tons of fun on the ice. I felt like the pace was perfect. I also enjoyed listening to her narration and actually understanding the glacier rather than just looking at the glacier! My guide even gave me a ride back to McCarthy when the tour was over! She didn’t have to do that! It was above and beyond her duties and I am grateful for her actions!! Overall, a splendid experience. I have been on tours all over the world. I have also been to 60 of the 63 US National Parks. This experience goes right to the very top in all of my life! Thank you!
Written July 27, 2022
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Bob B
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
A bush plane flew us into a back country location.
We all enjoyed pack rafting the Nizina Glacier lake. Pack rafting through the icebergs to our base camp was a one of a kind experience.
For two days we explored the area bush-wacking up canyons and valleys exploring the Alaska wild. And yes there was a plane to pick us up even though we had a concern there would not be clear enough skies on our return day.

Our guide was very professional and had so much energy. We were in very good hands with Shay.
Written September 18, 2021
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anglaisefrancaise
Paris, France333 contributions
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Jul 2022 • Family
We are a family of three with an 11 year old and sent out on the half day glacier hike with KWG. In a beautiful sunny day. First of all we set out in an easy hike with amazing views before heading down to the glacier. Crampons on and off the walk ) and picnic on the glacier. Just amazing experience. There were obviously other people around but definitely not crowds and we never felt like we were in the middle of a big tourist machine. We had plenty of time on the glacier and were not rushed. The hike back up the hill to get back to the path was quite strenuous and waking on the uneven ice was also quite tiring so I would definitely say you need decent mobility and average fitness but you don’t need to be a sportsperson. We were well looked after and our guide was fun and friendly. My walking boots literally and unexpectedly collapsed on the hike back and our guide was so patient, prepared and good humoured at helping me duct tape the soles back on as we limped my shoes back to Kennicott. That is when you realise you are in good hands!
Written July 30, 2022
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cycledude921
Washington DC, DC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We did two all-day hikes with Miles of KWG: one on Root Glacier and then up (and I do mean up) to the Bonanza Mine. The glacier hike should be doable by anybody with normal mobility, although parents would need to be very mindful of younger kids' safety. The Bonanza Mine hike is only for the fit. KWG provided crampons so we could maneuver easily on the glacier without fear of slipping. The day on the glacier was the highlight of our trip. The view at the top of the Bonanza hike was spectacular, although it took a couple miles of climbing through the (very buggy) woods before getting any view at all. Miles was a great guide and all-around pleasant dude.
Written August 2, 2022
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kgasaway
Boston, MA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
This August my husband and I went on a week-long backpacking trip with Austin Donnell, a guide for Kennicott Wilderness Guides. We had an incredible experience and would absolutely recommend Austin and KWG to anyone looking for the uniquely rewarding challenge of exploring the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Austin was incredibly knowledgable and a great traveling companion. When the weather got tough, we were exceptionally glad to have him there to help us make the right decisions about whether to turn back(we didn't have to) and where we should camp. If you're someone who is looking for a custom backpacking trip or wants to travel with a small group, you should definitely look at KWG.

When we got back into McCarthy, we ran into some trouble with our transportation back to Anchorage (which was not affiliated with KWG in any way). Jared (one of the owners) and Austin went out of their way to help us get it sorted out. Thanks again to KWG for an amazing trip!
Written September 10, 2021
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Jed D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This summer our family enjoyed a perfect trip to Kennicott and the Wrangells with KWG. We worked with Jared to develop a trip that would fit us and our five kids, and would match our level of adventure. Mike and Shay were *spectacular* guides throughout our days together. They were thoughtful, super engaged, and full of energy for our adventure together. The trip had plenty of natural beauty, wildlife encounters, and adventure by plane, packraft, and foot.

We highly recommend the KWG team, including Jared, Shay, and Mike, to anyone interesting in a deeper exploration of Kennicott & McCarthy and the Alaskan wilderness. Thanks!
Written November 2, 2021
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Shannon
South Jordan, UT34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a great time we had hiking to the Root glacier. The trail to the glacier was beautiful, and it was a real thrill to strap on the crampons and climb on the glacier. Our guide was a joy to be on the tour with; her love of the area, the glacier, and nature in general was contagious! We would 100% do this tour again and highly recommend it if you visit Wrangell-St. Elias!
Written July 29, 2022
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kathys
Cornelius, OR3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Going on a glacier hike with Becca at Kennicott Wilderness Guides was the best excursion we did while in Alaska. Becca learned what we were interested in seeing (without asking) and gave us and experience of a lifetime. We were so grateful, we invited her to lunch and enjoyed the extra time with such a delightful woman. I HIGHLY recommend!!!!!
Written July 30, 2022
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