— Upper Chitistone Goat Trail —

The Details

  • Trip Length: 5 Days
  • Difficulty: Advanced
  • Total Mileage: 20-25mi
  • Total Elevation Gain/Loss: 6,000′
  • Rates:
    • Private Solo – $4,175
    • Private 2 Participant – $3,500/person
    • Private 3-6 Participant – $2,940/person
    • Group – $2,630/person
  • Group Trip Dates:
    July 24-28, 2023
    Sept 1-5, 2023
    Private Trips with custom dates are available.
  • Trip Itinerary / Download PDF
  • Equipment List 
  • Photo Gallery

I have done hiking and trekking trips all over the world (Indonesia, Central America, Peru, Micronesia, the French Alps, east Africa), and never have I encountered a wilderness as rugged and spectacularly beautiful as that in Chitistone Canyon. Along the trek, the scenery changes from Read More >

Lisanne P Backpacking Upper Goat Trail 2012

The most iconic backpacking route in Wrangell St Elias

This popular trek follows a historic miner’s route through the backcountry, however, “trail” might be a bit of an overstatement! Winding around rocky cliffs, high alpine tundra, and lush mountain meadows, you’ll navigate the wilderness, occasionally picking up the historic trail. Keep your eyes peeled for goats, marmots, and grizzly bears among the scenic vistas, endless waterfalls, and dramatic backdrops of the tallest peaks in the country! As you round the corner to follow the Chitistone River you traverse bright yellow, orange, and red cliffs with a dramatic drop to the river canyon below you – this provides an exciting thrill amidst an otherwise very peaceful landscape!

 Trip Highlights:

  • Breathtaking, expansive vistas
  • Exciting exposure on colorful cliffs
  • Alpine tundra trekking
  • Chances of wildlife sightings
  • Best backpacking route in the Wrangell Mountains


What’s Included?

  • Professional guide(s) – 4:1 ratio
  • Stunning 25min bush flights in and 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.

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