Daily Summer Van Service on the McCarthy Road

CHITINA – MCCARTHY SHUTTLES

   Traveling to McCarthy, AK?

     Leave the driving to us, and avoid the stress of taking your own vehicle on the McCarthy Road. We offer daily van service on the 60-mile gravel road between Chitina and McCarthy, from May 15 to September 15. Travel with a local, watch for wildlife, and enjoy spectacular wilderness and railroad history.

 

RATES

     One-Way: $80 per person

     Round-Trip Same Day: $130 per person

     Round-Trip Different-Day: $144 per person

 

RESERVATIONS

     Call us at 1(907)390-0369, email info@alaskayukontravel.com, or reserve online.

 

AM and PM SHUTTLE DEPARTURES

AM SHUTTLE Departs DAILY:

     Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 6:45 am

     Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 6:55 am

     Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 7:15 am

     Chitina Hotel: 7:30 am 

     Arrives at McCarthy Footbridge: 10:00 am

PM SHUTTLE Departs M, W, F, SA

     Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 1:55 pm

     Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 2:00 pm

     Chitina Airstrip: 2:45 pm

     Chitina Hotel: 3:00 pm 

     Arrives at McCarthy Footbridge: 6:00 pm

 

PARKING

  Free parking is available at our office in Kenny Lake (mile 7.8 Edgerton Highway) and at the Chitina airstrip (mile 28 Edgerton highway.)

     We can pick up/drop off directly at your hotel, lodge, campground, or B & B in Copper Center, Kenny Lake, Tonsina, or Chitina.

 

CAN YOU FLY TO MCCARTHY AND THEN TAKE THE VAN BACK TO CHITINA?

    Yes! The Chitina Airstrip is a great place to leave your car or RV during your day trip or overnight stay. It is also a popular pick-up/drop-off point for shuttle passengers.

     You can ride the van from the Chitina Airstrip to McCarthy in the morning, and fly back to the Chitina Airstrip in the evening. Or, take a later flight from Chitina to McCarthy, and ride the shuttle back to your car when you’re ready.

     Scenic flights are available between Chitina and McCarthy three times a day in summer. Contact Wrangell Mountain Air at 1-907-554-4411 for flight information.

 

WHERE TO STAY OVERNIGHT IN MCCARTHY KENNICOTT

     Here is a list of accommodations in McCarthy-Kennicott that are well-suited for shuttle passengers.

HOTELS & LODGES

Kennicott Glacier Lodge  http://www.kennicottlodge.com

      Located in Kennicott, 5 miles from the footbridge. Hotel provides van transportation to/from lodge. Offers: restaurant meal packages, vacation packages, private in-room bathrooms. Walking distance to glacier and historic attractions.

Ma Johnson’s Hotel  http://www.mccarthylodge.com

     A historic property located in McCarthy, 0.5 mile from the footbridge. Hotel provides van transportation to/from lodge. Offers: breakfast, shared bathrooms. Walking distance to restaurants, museum, rivers, shuttles to Kennicott, and flight service.

CABINS

McCarthy Bed & Breakfast http://www.mccarthybedandbreakfast.com

     Road accessible, located 0.5 mile before the footbridge. Offers: breakfast, private cabins, full bathrooms. Some cabins have kitchens. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and shuttle services.

Kennicott River Lodge

http://www.kennicottriverlodge.com 

     Road accessible, just before the footbridge. Offers: private cabins, kitchen access, shared bathrooms, glacier views. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and shuttle service.

Blackburn Cabins http://www.blackburncabins.com

     Located on the wagon road between McCarthy and Kennicott, about one mile beyond the footbridge. Provides transportation to/from footbridge. Offers: private cabins, bike rentals.

CAMPGROUNDS

Glacier View Campground  http://www.glacierviewcampground.com

Located on the McCarthy Road, 0.5 miles before the footbridge. Offers: (dry) campsites, glacier views, an outdoor restaurant, bike rentals, showers, cabin rental. Walking distance to footbridge, museum, restaurants, flight and shuttle service.

 

RETURN SHUTTLES: FROM MCCARTHY TO CHITINA, KENNY LAKE, VALDEZ, OR ANCHORAGE

     There are 2 departures from the McCarthy Footbridge to Chitina: 10:00 am, and 6:00 pm.

     The 10:00 am shuttle departs from McCarthy DAILY and can connect with trips to Valdez (daily) or Anchorage (5 days a week.)

     Departs McCarthy Footbridge: 10:00 am

     Arrives Chitina Hotel: 1:00 pm

     Arrives Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 1:15 pm

     Arrives Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 1:50 pm

     Arrives Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 2:00 pm

 

The 6:00 PM SHUTTLE departs from McCarthy DAILY:

     Departs McCarthy Footbridge: 6:00 pm

     Arrives Chitina Hotel: 8:30 pm

     Arrives Chitina Airstrip/Wrangell View RV Park: 8:45 pm

     Arrives Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park: 9:15 pm

     Arrives Wrangell-St Elias Tours Office, Kenny Lake: 9:20 pm

(All shuttle arrival times are approximate and can vary depending on weather, wildlife, passenger load, road conditions, etc.)

 

MCCARTHY TO VALDEZ SHUTTLE

MCCARTHY TO ANCHORAGE SHUTTLE

 

A NOTE FOR RV TRAVELERS:

     The McCarthy Road is narrow, uneven, and brushy in some areas. Railroad spikes from the old Copper River & Northwestern Railroad, which the road is built upon, still surface. Most RV Rental companies prohibit RV travel on this rural, gravel road.

     Whether you are going into Wrangell-St. Elias National Park for the day or planning to stay overnight, you can safely leave your RV in Chitina or Kenny Lake, and take the shuttle on the McCarthy Road. 

     RV Camping with full-hookups is available near the Chitina Airstrip (mile 28 Edgerton Highway) at the Wrangell View RV Park, and in Kenny Lake, at the Kenny Lake Mercantile & RV Park (mile 7.5 Edgerton Highway.) We can pick you up and drop you off right at your RV.

     Other great places to (dry) camp include Squirrel Creek Campground near the Tonsina River, or Liberty Falls, a small campground with a waterfall on the road to Chitina. Arrive early to acquire a site, and let us know where you decide to camp, so we can arrange an easy pick up for your trip. 

      If you would like to visit us at our Kenny Lake office/shop located at mile 7.8 Edgerton Highway, a large highway pullout just across the road from our location offers easy RV parking. Heading towards Chitina, after you pass the Mercantile and the Community Hall and Fairgrounds, the pull-out will be on the right at “Kenny Lake.” Our office/shop is a  small cabin across the road on the left.  

     Contact us if you have any questions or need help planning your trip. Call 1(907)390-0369 —  email: info@alaskayukontravel.com.