When you finally cross all the meadows and get to the edge of the big of the plateau under Observation Mountain, the sudden view of the Kaskawulsh Glacier is breathtaking! We were stoked to find a flat-enough spot to pitch the tent with a front-and-center view of this monster glacier. The long and strenuous day of hiking with our big packs to get up here felt very much worth it now!
The Kaskawulsh Glacier starts from the icefields in the St. Elias Mountains at around 2000-3000 m (6000-9000 ft) elevation, and flows down to about 850m / 2800 ft. It's about 3-4 miles (5-6 km) wide at its broadest point, and covers more than 15,000 square miles (25,000 sq. km) of land. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.