— Journey to Oz —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 8 Days
  • Difficulty: Expert
  • Total Mileage: 25mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 5,500’’
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $5,175
    • Private 2 Participant – $3,175/person
    • Private 3-6 Participant – $2,570/person
    • Group – $2,290/person
  • Group Trip Dates:
    July 11-18, 2023
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List 
  • Photo Gallery

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Wayne Marrs Backpacking Journey to Oz

A magical journey through the wilderness!

Traversing some of the most stunning landscapes in Wrangell St. Elias National Park, this trek gives backpackers a healthy helping of wild Alaska! The route covers a variety of terrain, splitting time between carpets of thick tundra, alpine valleys covered in wildflowers, brushy willows, rocky high passes, and two huge glaciers dissected by moraine.This route is definitely for those looking to cover a lot of ground, and see a lot of the Alaskan wilderness. Ever-changing and breathtaking views keep you moving ever onward down the anything-but-yellow-brick road!

Trip Highlights:

  • Visit the magical land of Oz
  • Explore the glaciers of Wrangell – St. Elias
  • Challenge yourself with uniquely Alaskan terrain
  • Opportunities to gain local summits
  • Only one bush flight makes it a less expensive trip

What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • One scenic 20min bush flight in or out of the backcountry
  • All the food on the trip
  • Group gear (bear canisters, cookware, fuel, tents*)

*We recommend that you bring your own tent, if possible.

What’s not Included?

  • Gratuities
  • Personal camping and hiking gear (see Equipment List)
  • Logistics surrounding your trip


You’ll need to be in McCarthy the day before your trip begins for an Orientation and Gear Shakedown. You’ll meet your guide, grab group gear and make sure you are fully prepared to go into the backcountry.

Please account for a full day for travel both to and from McCarthy and the next Alaskan destination. We don’t recommend leaving McCarthy the last day of your trip as this cuts significantly into your last backcountry day and usually makes for a very hectic drive.

Check out our Transportation Page to learn how to get to and from McCarthy.
Check out our Lodging Page for lodging recommendations in the area.
Contact us if you have questions about logistics.

Trip Package

If you are planning your trip +2 months before your trip start date, upgrade to a Trip Package! A Trip Package will include transportation to/from McCarthy, local lodging, and any other local activities you’re interested in. We charge a non-refundable $50 Trip Package fee per person for this service.


Get in Touch!

Looking to book a Private Trip or not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator  – she’ll help you narrow down which trip is best for you and answer any questions you have about our trips, the local area, or surrounding logistics!
CLICK HERE to schedule a call at a time that works well for you.

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

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