Root Glacier

Root Glacier—Wrangell-St. Elias National Park
Location: Kennecott, Alaska
Length of visit: full day
Major draws: Ice formations, off-trail glacier exploration, crystal clear drinking water
Strenuosity: 5 out of 10
Cost/Fees: $110 per person for 9-hour guided tour
Additional considerations: Moulins can be hundreds of feet deep, crampons required for walking, katabatic winds are cold
Description: Learning the basics of glacier route-finding was worth every penny we paid on this sunny day in Kennecott. Our excellent guide Ethan took us to waterfalls, slot canyons, kames, blue pools, and moraines, while keeping us from getting too close to dangerous moulins.