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Nabesna Road Professional Review and Guide
"Improved gravel road from Tok Cutoff to end in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park; 42 miles (68 kilometers). This gravel road begins at the Tok Cutoff and runs through the wild northern reaches of Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. Sport hunting is allowed within the national preserve north of the road, subject to state and federal regulations. All-terrain-vehicle use requires a permit from the National Park Service. The road is passable to all types of vehicles as far as Trail Creek, at Mile 29.4. Beyond this point, the road fords several substantial streams, and you shouldn’t attempt to cross unless your vehicle has high clearance. The streams may rise and become completely impassable in early spring and after rainstorms. Check at the Park Service ranger station at Slana for current conditions. The last three miles of the road into the privately-owned gold-mining settlement of Nabesna require four-wheel drive and may not be passable. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."
--Erik Molvar, Scenic Driving Alaska and the Yukon (Falcon Guides).
Great side trip into one of two roads into Wrangell-St Elias National Park. 43 miles each way from Slana to Nabesna. Gravel road in great shape - 4wd not required.
About 4 miles up the road, there is a trailhead for Caribou Creek Trail, 4-mile (each way), 800 ft elev change, to a camping shack in the Wrangell Mountains. The trail ends there, but you can wander through the park at your discretion.
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