If you’ve ever talked to us here at SEAG and asked “What is the mileage of the route?” chances are you’ve heard some hesitation and a vague answer. Why is that? The answer is simple, mileage here isn’t straight forward. The mileage for some of our longer 8-day backpacking trips is often around 25-30 miles. If you’re an avid backpacker, you’re likely thinking “that’s it?!” – yup, that’s it. BUT that’s 25-30 “Alaskan miles.” So what are Alaskan miles? These are miles that are not defined by a route, which mean on-site navigation over some pretty epic terrain that can include, step elevation gain and loss, side-hilling, glacial travel, creek crossings,  bush-whacking, and more! While the miles you hike in the backcountry of Wrangell-St. Elias National Park will be tough, they’ll also be some of the most rewarding hiking of your life.

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