9 Excellent
Chitina, Alaska

Base Camp Root Glacier

Chitina, Alaska

End of McCarthy Rd
Chitina, Alaska 99566
Phone: Click to view

Sites: 5
Recent Rate: $$$$

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Latitude: 61.433679
Longitude: -142.944071

Elevation: 1377' (approximate)
Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access ?
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms Restrooms no
  • Restrooms: vault Restrooms: vault yes
  • Showers Showers no
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities no
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station no
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available no
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available no
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts no
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot no
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter no
  • Horse Camp Horse Camp no
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip yes
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • Free WiFi Free WiFi ?
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service no
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers ?
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Kid Friendly Kid Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground no
  • Pet Area Pet Area no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse no
  • Camp Store Camp Store no
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar no
  • Group Camping Group Camping yes
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen no
  • Recreational Trails Recreational Trails yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room no
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities no
  • Beach Beach no
  • Boating Boating no
  • Fishing Fishing no
  • Golf Golf no
  • Pickleball Pickleball ?
  • Biking Biking no
  • Horseshoes Horseshoes no
  • Outdoor Courts Outdoor Courts no
  • Mini-Golf Mini-Golf no
  • Water Access Water Access yes
  • Casino Casino no

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1 Review

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Review Count: 27
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 14

Date of Stay: August, 2016 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground is located at the end of McCarthy road next to the Kennicott River and the pedestrian footbridge in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. McCarthy Road is a 60 mile dirt road that is completely full of potholes and rutted. It took us about 3.5 hours to make the 60-mile drive in our 31' class C. Drive it with extreme caution and have at least one spare tire. Base Camp is roughly 80 acres in size and is simply a wide open space. Anywhere on the property where you can drive your RV or pitch a tent is fair game for camping. The Kennicott River and glaciers provide an incredible backdrop to this amazing place. It's $20 a night and the only toilets available are outhouses. All fire rings are just rocks placed in circles by previous campers. The location absolutely can't be beat since it's right at the footbridge where you can grab a van ride to McCarthy or Kennecott Mine for $5 each way. You won't need a dingy vehicle here since you can only walk or take the shuttle vans into McCarthy and Kennecott Mine. In mid-August there were no crowds and we could easily take advantage of everything in Wrangell-St Elias National Park. This place is all about location and if you love adventure this place won't disappoint. Google Root Glacier Base Camp to see overhead and street views of this awesome place. We camped at Base Camp Root Glacier in a Motorhome.

Clean Restrooms
Clean Showers

Site Details

Site Surface
Campsite Features
Fire Ring
Sewer Connection

Campground Details

Space Between Lots
Sun & Foliage
Sunny Open
Interior Roads
Poor Conditions
Tow Vehicle Parking
Yes, Convenient
Tips for other Campers:

Take a guided tour of the Kennecott Mine provided by St Elias Alpine guides. They also offer guided hikes of Root Glacier or you can venture onto the glacier yourself. We also hiked to Bonanza Mine, a 13-mile round trip hike that offered incredible views of Blackburn Mountain.

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