Local Guides & Tours




Kennicott Wilderness Guides is the local guide service providing professional service and unique Alaskan hospitality since 1995. We are a close-knit group of locally-grown mountaineers and year-round Alaskans, proud of both the high percentage of return & lifetime guides who call Kennicott-McCarthy home as well as the spectacular and authentic wilderness experiences and adventures we provide visitors year after year.  We offer full transportation to & from McCarthy for Day Hikers & Climbers. We support car-pooling, and only use our shuttles when the community shuttle is not available. Tell the driver you’re with KWG and it’s covered!  We are offering McCarthy Lodge guests special tours and packages, call our office or stop by for more details on special offers for McCarthy Lodge Guests!

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St. Elias Alpine Guides are Alaska Adventure Tours Specialists in Wrangell St. Elias National Park and are American Mountain Guides Association Certified Guides or AMGA Members. Although we have summited Mt. McKinley many times, we choose not to operate on the crowded slopes of Denali, rather we are specialists in adventure in the Wrangell Mountains, Chugach Mountains and immense St. Elias Mountains.    We offer full transportation to and from McCarthy for Day Hikers – we have two 15 passenger vans and one smaller van.   We have 3 offices where clients can get information, wait comfortably and/or enjoy historic documents and readings- the Mother load Powerhouse in McCarthy and the Chinese Laundry in Kennecott, as well as our Visitor Center located about mile before the end of the McCarthy Road.

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Copper Oar offers fully-outfitted, first-rate Alaska outdoor adventures. Our operation is based in McCarthy, Alaska, in the largest protected wilderness area on earth. We outfit extended wilderness river float and whitewater journeys, classic wildlife excursions, day raft, canoe and hiking trips, glacier explorations, multi-activity adventures, and so much more. Our one-day rafting and flight seeing trip from McCarthy has been called “the best one-day adventure in Alaska.” Our trips focus on the land and its glory and are led by Alaskan’s who are proud to share all of Alaska’s grandeur.  Our one-day flight seeing and rafting trip promises to be a highlight for all Alaska visitors. On this trip you raft through scenic canyons with glacier views and splash through fun whitewater before returning to McCarthy by bush plane from a riverside gravel bar. Our shorter Paddle and Peddle trip features one hour of scenic rafting and a leisurely and vista-filled mountain bike tour. We also offer guided hiking, glacier and natural history tours in and around Kennicott. We outfit a variety of extended wilderness rafting and wildlife trips.  

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Trek Alaska guided hiking and backpacking.   Have you dreamed of hiking and backpacking across open Alaskan tundra or lonely alpine passes where few ever go? Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is Alaskan adventure at its finest.  For many, an Alaskan hiking and backpacking adventure is a trip of a lifetime – so they want to do it right.   There are a lot of outdoor adventure providers out there who offer trips all over Alaska, from southeast to the Brooks range. But for us, Wrangell-St. Elias isn’t just one niche in a long list of destinations – this is our home. We specialize in backpacking treks in this unique corner of Alaska.

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Over a Century of Living in the Wrangells – and counting …  Join your local guide for a 2.5 hour introduction to life in McCarthy. Learn aboutlifestyles from the boom-town days while Kennicott struck it rich, through the ghost town era, into the pioneering 70′s revival, to the arrival of the National Park and the communities current development.  Learn about the amazing area mining history and frontier spirit.  Learn about what it’s like to live a subsistence life style.  Life in Alaska is unusual and we want to share how fishing, gardening, jobs, shelter, hunting & trapping, tourism, isolation, and other stories, help shape the characters and lifestyles from a century of living in the Wrangells.  Tour includes a visit to the McCarthy Museum (donation included with price) Tour Times: 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.      4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  Staying in McCarthy or across the Footbridge? Meeting point: Kennicott Wilderness Guides’ office on Main St, McCarthy, next door to the McCarthy Lodge  (8:45am  or 3:45 pm)  Return by 11:45am & 6:45 pm  or take a later shuttle.

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