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“Vast Wilderness”

Wrangell Mountain Air - Day Trips
Ranked #3 of 7 things to do in McCarthy
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Owner description: Wrangell Mountain Air is based at McCarthy in the heart of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We offer day trips and 3 scheduled flight daily from Chitina (at the end of the paved road) to McCarthy-Kennicott, flightseeing tours in the best of Wrangell-St. Elias and fly-in backpacking, basecamping and rafting. There are a range of accomodations and activities available at McCarthy-Kennicott so plan on spending a day or two to enjoy the feel of remote Alaskan towns.
Reviewed August 18, 2012

I think the only way to get a grasp of the scope of this wilderness is from the air. It is so very huge, glacier after glacier after glacier, surrounding ice fields, and mountain after mountain after mountain of immense size. We were lucky to catch a full sun day for flying and it was, to use an overused but perfectly appropriate word, awesome! The route taken was comprehensize and instructional and fun. I highly recommend this on a clear day.

Thank NJ-Eric
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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Absolute MUST do! A flight-seeing tour was recommended to us upon hearing our trip to Wrangell-St. Ellias National Park. While the mining community is wonderful, and something you need to see - the heights we were taken to by Pilot Steve are indescribable. The National Park is massive, and you can only get to a very small portion of the park via vehicle or foot. WMA took us on a trip to see the mountains, valleys and glaciers.

We stopped in to WMA on a whim to see if there was ANY chance we would be able to get a flight. Natalie and Kelly bent over backwards to call in a favor to Pilot Steve on a Sunday to get us up in the air. We were whisked off in a van to the air strip to meet our pilot. The next 35 minutes were indescribable. This was a life changing experience. We saw mountain peaks and valleys, glaciers, glacier moraines in a Cessna with a personal narration, and tailored trip throughout the park.

They are incredibly professional and while this was our first flight-seeing trip, we've just completed our second two days later in Denali. Wrangell Mountain Air is incredible and I can't wait to go back McCarthy to see them again.

Thank KatieM248
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We flew with Wrangell Mountain Air to the Foot of the Tana Glacier for a wild Class V rivertrip. Don was our pilot who flew us by the toughest section of the river and pointed out water levels and potential conflicts. Although loaded down to the gills Don touched down like a feather, and off he went for more gear and peeps. The plane was in immaculate shape, and one could tell these guys know there stuff. We felt we were in good hands for safety and experienced a super positive attitude from Wrangell Mountain Air. We'll definitely be back next year!

Thank Brady B
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Denali park is great no question but this park is more amazing. Getting there is tough but Wrangell Mountain Air is the right place to start with. Flight is 30 min or so and the crew is super professional (Martin was our pilot and he was great). Kennicott Mine was simply amazing and McCarthy town was frozen in time (real deal as opposed to Talkeetna when the train stops there and your closest 1000 friend are strolling thru town :). We highly recommend it! Kari and Konrad

Thank karikonrad
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

With a fellow-traveller I took the 50 minutes Backcountry Tour with Wrangell Mountain Air from McCarthy Airfield. It gives you a better understanding of the whole area, beautifull scenery and admiration for the first prospectors and builders of the mines in this, then unexplored, wilderness.. All that hardship for only, just under, 40 years of active mining of the Kennecott Mines.

Thank Hochis
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