— Erie Mine —

The Details

  • Price: $125
  • Trip Length: 1 Day
  • Difficulty: For the fit & experienced
  • Dates: Daily from June 15th to August 31st, 2023
    *Early season snow and rock-fall may inhibit trip
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Some of the most experienced deep-backcountry guides in south-central Alaska.

Backpacker Magazine Industry Review

The journey to the 100-year old Erie Mine bunkhouse is a grand excursion and will challenge even the seasoned hiker. Perched high in the geological contact zone of the Wrangell Mountains, a thousand feet above the Root Glacier, the Erie bunkhouse is a hard-to-reach and rugged day of adventure. From the edge of the Root Glacier trail, you will begin the journey upward to the bunkhouse.

There are no trails once the climb has begun and the tricky nature of this alpine hike will leave you feeling rewarded and relieved you have an experienced guide along for the journey. From the scree-filled gully, where you begin your ascent, to the bunkhouse itself, the route involves steep sidehill traversing, rock scrambling, and good balance. Once there reward yourself with great views of the mile-high (1.6km) Stairway Icefall, 6,696ft (2,040m) Donoho Peak, and a well-earned lunch.

Wondering about transportation logistics, how many people will be on your tour, or what to bring? Check out our FAQs – carefully curated to help you plan, you may find the answer to a question you didn’t even know you had! Once you book with us you’ll receive a confirmation with additional information specific to your trip.

We strongly encourage advanced reservations for all of our activities. If you’re planning on heading out to the Wrangells this summer, please make a reservation today! You can easily book online yourself by clicking the orange “Book This Trip” button on the left or give us a call and we’ll be happy to assist you!

Price: $125

*Lunch is not included in trip prices, but you’re welcome to purchase a Snack Pack for $8.

“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”

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