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Scheduled flights, flightsee tours and backcountry drop-offs in the Copper River Valley
CVAS

Volcanic Traverse

Trip Details
Trip Type:
Point to Point
Duration:
4-8 days
Distance
15 miles
Difficulty
More 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
Sanford N/A N/A $375
Dadina N/A N/A $375

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

The route begins on the side of the Sandford River.  After negotiating several icy streams or crossing over sections of the moraine covered glacier. At the south side of the of the glacier’s terminus is a grassy hillside and a nice camping area.

The plateau rewards you with awesome vies of the glacier river, Mt. Drum, Sandford, and Blackburn.  After crossing the plateau you will either cross the Dadina Glacier or descend into the gravel banks of the Dadina River and cross smaller braided sections of the Dadina River. 

The Dadina River valley is filled with a wide variety of wildlife and you are likely to see bears, moose, and buffalo.  The airstrip for pickup is about 4 miles down the river.

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