Ice Guide : Southeast : Haines : Chilkat River : Upper Chilkat River

Upper Chilkat River

Climbing in the Upper Chilkat exists in the remote backcountry north of Haines. Haines and the surrounding area can have more moderate winter conditions which makes timing all the more important when thinking of climbing in this area. If you hit this area after a cold snap you might just find yourself rewarded with some big ice.

The area north of the Wells Bridge on the Haines Highway at the Chilkat River crossing has become known as the Upper Chilkat. Take the Haines Highway by car north from Haines about 27 miles to the turn off at Mosquito Lake Road. Take Mosquito Lake Road and travel three miles to Kelsall Road. Parking is recommended here or backtrack on Mosquito Lake Road to the school. Travel Kelsall Road nine miles to Kelsall bridge at the confluence with Nataga Creek. Cross the Kelsall River and head back to the Upper Chilkat River proper.

Our thanks go out to Zac Jacobson for sharing his information on the climbing potential in this remote area.

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