Flying is the easiest and quickest way to get to Kennicott. It is also a spectacular flight through some of Alaska’s most magnificent country. There is a 3,600 foot gravel airport located between McCarthy and Kennicott.
It is about a 2 hour flight from Anchorage, 50 minutes from Glennallen, and 25 minutes from Chitina.
Flights between Chitina and McCarthy
If you want to skip the gravel road, Wrangell Mountain Air offers three flights between Chitina to McCarthy each day. The scenic flight takes around 30 minutes and the Lodge shuttle van will pick you up at the McCarthy airstrip when you arrive and take you back when you depart.
Depart Chitina Daily at 9:05am, 2:45pm, and 5:45pm
Depart McCarthy Daily at 8:30am, 2:00pm, and 5:00pm
Flights Between Anchorage and McCarthy
If you do not want to rent a car, or want a faster way to get to Kennicott, Reeve Air Alaska and Copper Valley Air offer transportation between Anchorage and McCarthy on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The Lodge shuttle van will pick you up at the McCarthy airstrip when you arrive and take you back when you depart.
Schedule and Pricing
Mondays and Thursdays
Depart Anchorage at 8:45am and Arrive in McCarthy around 11am
Depart McCarthy at 11:15am and arrive in Anchorage around 1:30pm
This includes a one hour flight between Anchorage and Gulkana with Reeve Air Alaska and a one hour flight between Gulkana and McCarthy with Copper Valley Air.
Wednesdays and Saturdays (July 1 to August 31 Only)
Depart Anchorage at 8:00am and Arrive in McCarthy around 1pm
Depart McCarthy at 1:15pm and arrive in Anchorage around 6:30pm
This includes a three hour shuttle van between Anchorage and Gulkana with Reeve Air Alaska and a one hour flight between Gulkana and McCarthy with Copper Valley Air.
You might want to experience both the drive and a flight on your trip to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. You can do this by taking a van from Chitina to McCarthy with the Kennicott Shuttle, and flying back to Chitina with Wrangell Mountain Air or vice versa. This is a great way to see the Park, and can be booked with either company.
However you decide to get to Kennicott, you’ll have the opportunity to see some of the best scenery in Alaska. If we can help with your arrangements or if you have questions regarding our lodge, please email or call us.