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Sheep Creek to Sanford Glacier

Trip Details
Trip Type:
Point to Point
Duration:
11 days
Distance
27 miles
Difficulty
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 *
Beaver
2-3 Pax *
Cessna 185
1-2 Pax *
Piper PA-12
Sheep Creek N/A N/A $550 for one passenger $180 for each additional passenger
Sanford N/A N/A $420

*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

Astonishing Flight with Katherine
We thought our flight around Denali the day before was great, but this one around Mt Sanford and Mt Drum was even better. Pilot Katherine flew us close to the peaks, over herds of Dahl Sheep, and shared much of the history of these mountains. I’m a 12,000 hour ATP rated flight instructor. I can tell you that her flying skills are as sharp as any pilot I’ve ever flown with!
2019 - rjma15 Buffalo, New York