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Scheduled flights, flightseeing tours and backcountry flying in the Copper River Valley

Sheep Creek to Sanford Glacier

Trip Details
Trip Type:
Point to Point
11 days
27 miles
Moderate to Challenging

Rates shown are charter rates for the entire aircraft per flight, regardless of pax count. Rates are for one way flight between Gulkana and listed airstrip(s).

Airstrip 3-5 Pax *
2-3 Pax *
Cessna 185
1-2 Pax *
Piper PA-12
Sheep Creek N/A N/A $750 for one passenger $200 for each additional passenger
Sanford N/A $720 $600

*Passenger capacity of aircraft depends on total weight of passengers and cargo. Call us to find the best option for your group.

 This route provides beautiful 306-degree view of the Mt. Sanford, Drum, Wrangell and Zanetti This route takes you through stunning alpine terrain around the north side of Mt. Sanford. 

The route crosses mostly debris-covered ice of two sizable glaciers but is mostly on tundra benches and rocky slopes. Most of the route is above brush-line. 

There are non-technical glacier crossings, and two river crossings that are straightforward. There are some rock and steep ascents and descents to Boulder Glacier but great walking along the east side of Boulder Glacier

Includes good water sources, flat camping, and great views of Sanford.  Along with other wildlife, caribou are common along the route, and you’ll frequently walk in their trails. 

After a two moraine covered glacier crossings there is a relatively easy walk up and over to Sandford Glacier

Awesome flight-seeing!
Such a great flight seeing trip with Copper Valley Air! There are very limited roads into Wrangell St Elias NP, so the best way to see the amazing sights of the park are by plane. The pilot was very knowledgable and we had a very smooth flight. Each passenger had a window seat and a headset to hear the pilot tell us about what we were seeing. We got great views of the park's mud volcanos, mountain peaks, and my favorite a huge glacier. We highly recommend this trip as a great way to see the U.S.'s largest National Park.
dianaf938 - 2016