Our small group of three, traveled to McCarthy,AK in August 2012 where we retained the St. Elias Alpine guiding service to lead us into the backcountry of Wrangell/St.Elias NP. This tour was by far the most unique and varied trip we have had in recent memory. Under the capable direction of our guide, Lucas, we were fortunate to view incredible mountain scenery , experience.. wildlife, ice caves, kayaking among icebergs on Nizina Lake and multiple bush plane flights with aerial views of the Wrangell and St.Elias ranges. Following that, we traveled to Valdez where we sea kayaked with SEAG sister company Pangea and experienced the vast ice field of the Columbia Glacier in Prince William Sound.
I would recommend Lucas and SEAG for any activities in the park. Their knowledge and experience in such a remote and wild place is worth every penny you may pay for the service.
We visited two backcountry base camps.. Fan Glacier and Skolai Pass, each (4) days in length. These base camps allowed us to do day hiking as opposed to point to point backpacking.
In between those trips we did the day trek to Root Glacier and ice caves, and the kayaking on Nizina Lake .. again kayaking into ice caves within the actual Iceberg (a surreal experience).
The terrain is for the most part without trails and so is more difficult than the type you might encounter near home. Lucas made sure we managed to achieve our objective, always with a smile and encouragement for (3) middle aged baby boomers with compromised knees!!
I cannot say enough about his leadership and SEAG as a whole.
If you love mountain views, glaciers, and ICE, ICE, ICE go to Wrangell/St.Elias and experience the vast wilderness of Alaska!!