Root Glacier Trail
Root Glacier Trail
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AdamNish
Columbus, OH104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Spectacular hike! We brought our own crampons and walked out onto the glacier exploring. The glacier appeared to be fairly stable and safe to be on. We were on the glacier for around 2 hours, it was a spectacular experience! My 3rd time out on a glacier!
Written 11 July 2022
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Christian E
Santa Barbara, CA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
While taking the guided tour will certainly get you around the glacier faster, is poor college students chose to find our own way and did just fine. We didn't have crampons or hiking poles and neither of us fell once or felt unsafe. The glacier was easy to walk on and incredibly beautiful. If you have $90, then the safety and security of having crampons and a guide is worth it. But you will be absolutely fine without one as long as you stay away from crevasses and the edges of the glacier. This is an absolutely incredible hike.
Written 11 August 2017
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Barbara S
386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Have wanted to walk on a glacier for several years. Most people at Kennicott were taking a tour along the Root Glacier Trail to Root Glacier which took from four to six hours. Time did not allow that many hours for me to do this activity, so did it on my own. The trail was winding, narrow, and steep in places. There was a steep area to get on the glacier, but not a difficult climb. This was a great hike and was back in Kennicott in about three hours.
Written 6 August 2019
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Rex C
Council Bluffs, IA81 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This park is very remote and not easy to get to, but once you are there words cannot bestow the magnitude of beauty that is spread before you. The root glacier is so very big and mysterious. The guide tour we took with Wrangle Adventures with our guide Merritt made this part of our trip oh so very good. Merritt is a very good guide who knows his stuff about this big old slab of ice.
Written 6 August 2019
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Linda A
Hope, ME145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
We chose to use a guide service- St. Elias. And it was a great choice- 2 miles to the glacier, put on crampons and then another 2 hours walking and about 2 more miles on the glacier and 2 miles out. Our guide knew where there were some spectacular glacier features, made us hot tea and had many stories and much information about the glaicer and mines.

The hike was moderate, steep in places, loose stones, etc. The crampons allowed us to go anywhere on the glacier safely.

Having a guide gave us a better trip, more parts of the glaicer and safety. It was well worth the money. And the fee included a shuttel to and from the footbridge at McCarthy.
Written 11 July 2018
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IndependentTravelAK
Bartlett, IL153 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
On a clear day, this is one of the best day hikes in Alaska. As picturesque as the Harding Icefield trail without the 3,500 foot ascent, this trail offers forest, wash plain, mountain, and of course, glacier views as you make your way to the Stairway Icefall. Trail is well maintained for most of the hike, but it does get more sketchy the further out you get. There are also several boulder fields to scramble over, so you want to have good hiking footwear. Besides that, bring a snack and plenty of water. And, of course, your camera!
Written 14 August 2015
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warrenville111
Warrenville, IL997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
We enjoyed this hike. I would rate it as an easier day hike. I wouldn't step on the glacier if you don't have crampons...too risky in my opinion. If you have crampons and poles - you will be fine without a guide. The first part of the hike is somewhat boring, but it gets much better the second half with views. The campsites along the glacier looked optimal. Make sure you stop and have lunch and listen...you can hear the ice cracking under the silt/boulder section of the glacier...and occasionally a rockfall will happen. This was fun. Would totally do the hike again if ever in the area. The hard part is getting to McCarthy/Kennicott. Once there...the beauty is all around!
Written 9 September 2021
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RMabe_PA
Monroeville, PA153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
Mostly level wide trail to a view of the glacier. The walk down to the glacier (and onto it) gets a bit more challenging and may not be for everyone. There are a couple of pit toilets along the way.

Overall a nice afternoon hike from the mining town.
Written 3 July 2018
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Mnbiker
Saint Paul, MN286 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
The trail is well-maintained, and there are a couple of tent camping sites along the way. The hike ends at the glacier, and it's possible to hike onto the glacier without crampons or other special equipment. A really beautiful hike.
Written 19 October 2017
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SWRWC
Redwood City, CA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
Went on a fantastic guided hike with Ethan of McCarthy Tours. It is a spectacular thing to see and experience in person. Thank you Ethan for pointing out many features we would have missed if we had hiked it alone.
Written 23 August 2017
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