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STEAMBOAT HILLS
BASECAMP HIKING

Multi Day

A hiker's Alaskan tundra paradise!

Steamboat Hills might be one of the best-kept secrets of this National Park. This is what the locals consider to be one of the gems of Wrangell – St. Elias – easy and open tundra hiking, endless crystal clear lakes, and views to take your breath away.

 

High up over the Chitina River Valley, this hard-to-get-to airstrip is situated in the foothills of the Chugach Mountains and is only accessible by a Super Cub – that means you’ll be flying individually with your pilot in the smallest bush plane in the fleet! Across the valley, Mt. Blackburn towers over the skyline and on a clear evening, Mt. Logan and St. Elias can be spotted in the distance.

 

You’ll want to bring binoculars anyway as grazing sheep will be plentiful, just at a distance. Strolling through gentle rolling hills of wildflowers and enjoying fairytale landscapes, you can keep this trip as relaxing as you’d like, posting up by an emerald pool for the day. For those in the mood to move, your guide can lead the way up a scramble to a local summit where you can get a thrilling bird’s eye view of the area.

Trip Details

Trip Length
4 days

Total Mileage
10-30mi

Total Elevation Gain/Loss
500-3,000’

Rates
Private Solo
$5,650

Private 2 Participant
$3,665/person

Private 3-4 Participants
$3,010/person

This trip is only offered on a Private Trip basis. Book the dates that look best to you or schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator to plan your Private Trip today!

FAQ

All the pictures and descriptions sound amazing! How do I know what’s right for me? Here are some things to think about when selecting a trip:

What is my #1 goal for this adventure? Do I want to relax and get away from a hectic schedule? Do I want to push myself on an epic and athletically challenging journey? Create life-long memories with my family or partner? Learn skills from the experts and grow my scope as a mountain athlete? See new landscapes and experience Alaska’s unique glaciated terrain?
What are my interests? Birding, animals, photography, geology, wildflowers, journaling, athleticism, spirituality, art, technical climbing, etc.
Will this trip be part of a bigger Alaska trip? Where else am I going and what else will I see? Our glaciated terrain, history, high-altitude peaks, and vast backcountry wilderness are what set us apart from other areas in Alaska.
What am I comfortable with at my current level of knowledge, experience, and physical and mental ability? Alaska is bigger and tougher than anything in the lower 48 and it’s a great place to push yourself, but you want to be realistic and make sure you have a good foundation to build upon if reaching for higher heights.

We pride ourselves on cooking healthy and delicious meals even under the most adverse conditions! Your exact menu will depend on the trip, your guide, and the dietary preferences/restrictions you list in your Trip Application. No matter what kind of cook your guide is at home, all our guides are well-trained backcountry chefs and use time-tested recipes from our proprietary cookbook for their trips. We carry a plentiful and varied stock of ingredients and most meals are prepared from scratch (allowing for easy substitutions, additions or subtractions of ingredients). We onlyt use pre-packed freeze-dried meals on summit pushes on our mountaineering expeditions.

On our backpacking and basecamp trips, you can expect 3 meals a day, plus snacks of your choice. Breakfasts and dinners are usually hot meals and lunches are served cold. On mountaineering trips lunches consist of a variety of snacks as it can be hard to organize group meals while on a rope team.
We use a combination of fresh, dehydrated, and freeze-dried ingredients to make our delicious meals, however on longer backpacking and mountaineering trips your guides will use more freeze-dried foods than fresh foods to keep pack weights as low as possible. On our rafting trips, we cook full multi-course meals with fresh ingredients and enjoy hot and cold breakfasts, cold lunches and hot dinners.

Meals for most trips start with Lunch on the first day and end with Lunch on the last day. *

*If you are signed up for a Custom Trip Package with us, it may include more meals. Check with us if you’re not sure. Mountaineering trips also include meals in McCarthy before and after the backcountry expedition.

This is one of the most commonly asked questions!

We practice Leave No Trace principles and make sure to minimize our impact on the natural landscape as much as possible.

In Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the recommended practice for backpackers is to either individually dig small holes (your guide will carry a small trowel) to use as a personal latrine per-use or choose a place near camp but with some privacy and dig a trench for use as a group latrine, depending on the location. You will carry out all your used toilet paper and all other sanitary products and trash.

On rafting trips, we carry a plastic toilet box with a seat that is set up near camp and your guides will carry out all waste on the boats.

On mountaineering trips, the latrine is commonly a crevasse or snow-pit protected from camp by a wall of snow.

Your guides will instruct you on the particulars of the situation per camp to set you up for success and all possible comfort. Please don’t be shy to ask them questions on this matter. It’s a necessity that has been given lots of thought your guides are experts in ALL things outdoors!

Want to book a Private Trip or not sure if this is the right trip for you? Schedule a call with our Expedition Coordinator at a time that works well for you. 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.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel before 45 days of the itinerary start date you are eligible to receive a 100% refund of your deposit.

If you cancel within 30-45 days of your itinerary start date you are not eligible to receive a refund of your deposit.

30 days before your itinerary start date, your balance payment will be due and this will be final. No refunds are offered for cancellations within 30 days of the itinerary start date.

* Instead of getting a refund, you can always choose to hold the entirety of your payments with us and apply them to a future trip if you prefer. (If you choose this option, you forgo the option to receive a refund later.)

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