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Jul 28, 2017 - Chitina & Wrangell St Elias N.P.

We headed east on Alaska Highway 1, up to Glennallen and then south on A4 turning east on the Edgerton Highway A10 the last 33 miles to Chitina. It was very cloudy with low dense cloud cover so we missed out on seeing the Wrangell Mountains, especially Mt. Stanford and Mt. Drum, so I had to buy a postcard of them. We did see some of the Nelchina Glacier and possibly the lower part of Mt. Drum. Chitina is a VERY small old 1898 Gold Rush boom town. Our RV park was six miles up by the “Airport” which is along the Copper River, another glacial...

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Aug 22, 2016 - Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

We reluctantly left the Kenai Peninsula and traveled back up toward and through Anchorage. At the town of Palmer we turned right headed toward Glennallen, the gateway to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. There is an interesting story about Palmer. Palmer is in the Matanuska Valley, which is Alaska’s leading agricultural area and was the site of an unusual experiment during the Depression. Two hundred three families from Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota who were “on the dole” were recruited by the U.S. Government to become part of the...

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Jun 10, 2015 - Copper River Salmon Fishing

Continuing our drive South today. Along the road we saw a couple of campers pulled over. It was the Boomers! We had originally met them at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival last October. Then saw them again when we were on the way to Haines. We spent the night parked next to them at Kluane at a roadside pull off. Then we saw them again on the boat ride we took to Juneau and now here again! We have run into a few people several times while travelling around. It is always fun to see familiar faces! After a nice visit, we drove on the Wrangell/...

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Jul 27, 2014 - Travel to Chitina and Valdez

Since we overnighted in the middle of nowhere, we found no church this morning. We continued east on the Glen Highway to Glennallen, then south on the Richardson Highway toward Valdez. We took an excursion to Chitina to visit the Ranger station for the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. Besides lots of beautiful mountains, glaciers, rivers, etc., this park has the "remains" of the Kennecott copper mine, which was active during the first half of the 1900's. In fact, Chitina was bigger than Anchorage during much of this period,...

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Jul 25, 2013 - Valdez to Chitina

Today was an easy drive to Chitina -up the road out of Valdez and a turn right gets you to historic Chitina, an example of a boom & bust community that came and went with the gold rush and the copper mining. In its prime it was the terminus of the copper company’s railroad and southern entrance to the copper valley. The town thrived as the shipping hub for interior Alaska. But when Kennecott copper mine closed in 1938, Chitina became a ghost town. The rails were removed and the roadbed became a gravel road to McCarty-Kennecott.

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Huffhines Travels

Jul 13, 2013 - stayed over

Today we drove 60 miles on a gravel road called The McCarthy Road which takes you to the town of McCarthy, also you are driving through the Wrangell-St Elias National Park. We drive as far as you can then you park your vehicle and then have to walk the footbridge where you can ride a shuttle for $5 one way, we paid for two round trip tickets, and that takes you into McCarthy and Kennicott, first we went onto Kennicott 5 more miles in, stopped at the Pizza Bus and had lunch, then on to explore the town. In 1900 Jack Smith and Clarence Warner...

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Jul 12, 2013 - travel day

After saying our goodbyes to people we met at the campground we got on the road about 9:50 heading up the Richardson Highway, we stopped at a scenic pulloff on the lake and a view of Mt Wrangell with snow on top, we believe we stayed here at this same spot with Bo and Judy in 07, pictures taken now back on the road, our turn off is the Edgerton Highway to Wrangler RVP, Chitna, Ak, all set up and we head into town (hotel/restaurant, bar and store) stop to eat since we were going on into Kennicott another couple hours away on a dirt road, I...

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Jun 29, 2013 - Chitina

PHOTOS ARE HERE! Saturday June 29, 2013 It was cool and foggy this morning. Well, gotta go sometime. So we closed up, hooked up and started north, retracing our steps up over Thompson Pass. We had a full load of water on but the old F450 didn’t realize it - it still went up and over with ease, hardly rising in engine temp. With the fog and low clouds the views were somewhat subdued, particularly compared to the trip down. We turned off the Richardson Highway at Mile 82.5 and drove the 32 miles through the ting community of Kenny Lake to the...

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Jul 2, 2010 - July 1st, Squirrel Creek Campground

July 1st, We traveled 182 miles today. We left our camp that was about half way between Palmer and Glennallen. We turned South after reaching Glennallen, with the destination being Valdez. We stopped at the Wrangell St Elias visitor center. We heard a ranger talk about river otters, watched a movie about the park and walked the trail around the area. We moved on and took the Edgerton Highway to Chitina. This was a 33 mile drive We didn't see very much until near the end. This road goes on for another 60 miles as a dirt road. We decided we...

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Jun 28, 2010 - Deep Into Nowhere

We left Fairbanks and North Pole Alaska to venture down to Chitina Alaska. There we stayed in a camp that was big rocks and very uneven sites. It was run by Indians an the price was good. The camp was just up the hill from a small airport and only 5 miles from town. Driving down the Richardson Highway was pretty cool and the town is smaller than our own. Well this town had a bar so maybe a tad bigger. Bev and I stopped in the bar ,had a beer,pizza and used a little wifi. ha ha. Off the next day to McCarthy. McCarthy is a 60 mile ride on...

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Jun 14, 2008 - Mangy Moose Lodge

Not much doing today, laid back this morning after a night chatting with a couple of locals (Mike & Tamie) at the Mangy Moose late into the night. Went for a ride looking for some Diamond Willow’s this afternoon, found them by the thousands. Stopped at Squirrel creek pit for some Artic Grayling, but no luck. There were a dozen or so local kids on a camping trip playing in the water. Not much chance the fish are still around.

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The Howell's Travels

Jun 13, 2008 - Chitina - Copper River

We have to check out of Klutina River. Camp Ground this morning. Tested the river this morning for Red’s with no luck. Pulled out about 11 moved down to Mangy Moose Lodge for the weekend. Road out to Chitina to check out the dip netters. This is something to see, fish wheels all alone the river bank on homemade barges. The locals are camping on the river bottom with their coolers and smokers. Check the pictures.

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The Howell's Travels

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