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St. Elias Alpine Guides. Based in the town of McCarthy and operating for over three decades, this guide outfit gives introductory mountaineering lessons, leads excursions ranging from half-day glacier walks to monthlong backpacking trips, and is the only company contracted by the Park Service to conduct guided tours of historic Kennicott buildings. If you'd rather raft than hike, its Copper Oar rafting outfit (www.copperoar.com) has river trips into the heart of the wilderness. AK. 907/554–4445 or 888/933–5427. www.steliasguides.com. From $75.
Wrangell Outfitters. A team of hearty Alaskans cooks great meals and takes visitors on 12-day horse-packing trips into the heart of Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve. AK. 724/427–5350. www.wrangelloutfitters.com. $6,450.
Alaska Vistas. This Wrangell outfitter provides custom vacations specific to your interests. Opportunities include bear viewing, traveling the Stikine River by steamboat to see the largest flock of bald eagles in the country, and trips into the Tongass National Rainforest. The company also offers unguided support to those who want to get out on their own. 103 Front St., Wrangell, AK, 99929. 907/874–3006. www.alaskavistas.com. Call for prices.