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Jul 19, 2016 - Kennicott and Kennicott Copper Mine. Then Tok, AK overnight

Continued from Mc Carthy post. Waking up on Monday in McCarthy after a good nights sleep prepared us for our 4 mile shuttle ride up to the town of Kennicott, AK and the Kennicott Copper Mill tour. Most of the worker and tour guides at Kennicott live in McCarthy. We were hooked up on the Copper Mill tour with our guide Olivia. She was awesome and took us on a 3 hour tour of town and the 14 story wooden Kennicott Copper Mill tour. This is where the copper ore from up in the mountains was crushed and separated to then be sent back by train to...

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Jun 13, 2015 - Glacier Kayaking

The Kennecott Glacier is huge. It is an old glacier so has many years of collecting rocks and dirt as it has come down the mountains. As the ice melts, the rocks and dirt are exposed, so the glacier looks like a bunch of dirt hills, not the typical big white ice fields as are seen with more active glaciers. Through a company called McCarthy river Tours and Outfitters, we took a kayak trip in a lake formed at the end of the Kennecott Glacier. First we has to suit up in dry suits since the water was so cold. They did not want us freezing if...

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Jun 12, 2015 - Kennecott Mine National Historic Site

The Kennecott Mine was cool to see. It is on a hillside overlooking the Kennicott Glacier, origin of the mine name. (But a clerical error in filing the name changed the spelling). The company colors were Deep red and white, so all the buildings were painted those colors. The National Park Service is trying to shore up a lot of the buildings to stabilize them and prevent them from falling over, so there is a lot f construction going on. On the other hand, there is a lot that is being left to rot where it lays as “historic”. Mike, having done...

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Jul 28, 2014 - Kennicott AK

July 27, 2014 We left the trailer at the campground in Kenny Lake and headed for McCarthy with just the truck. McCarthy is at the end of a 60 mile stretch of dirt and gravel road. The first couple of miles were a little rough and we had to take it slow. Then the road improved a good bit and we were able to safely go 25-30 mph until about 5 miles from the destination. Then the road turned into a pot hole haven with numerous small pot holes all over the road. Down to about 10 mph in this stretch. Arrived at the destination just in time for...

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Jul 2, 2013 - Kennicott and McCarthy

Tuesday July 2 McCarthy/Kennicott (or Kennecott - the two are used interchangeably) This morning we headed into Chitina (by the way population is 123), then out the 60 mile gravel McCarthy Road. We have read and heard all kinds of horror stories about the Road. It was built on top on an old railroad bed, the Copper River and Northwestern (or as many said due to the complexity and difficulty of building it, the “Can’t Run and Never Will”). They didn’t remove all the rails, ties and spikes when doing so. Apparently some of these remnants...

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Jul 23, 2011 - McCarthy & Kennicott

Sorry about this late addendum but there was a breakdown in communications between the Editor (me) and the reporter (Doris). Go figure. The Ballad of Alyssa Bench. . This is about a boys day out without the girls. It was decided by vote that we boys, John, John and Tony would take a rugged road trip to a copper mining area called McCarthy/ Kennicott. The girls opted out to literally save their butts from a pounding on 60 miles of really bad road each way. We guys were picked up at 8 am by our intrepid driver and guide Alyssa Bench (a...

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Jul 21, 2011 - McCarthy and Kennicott - 20 July entry

On Wednesday we drove from Copper Center to McCarthy And Kennicott. This is a drive of about 110 miles each way, 60 miles each way on a gravel road. At the end of the road is are the town of McCarthy and the Kennicott copper mine. The mine is no longer functioning and is the site of a backcountry lodge. The town of McCarthy has a year round population of 25-30 people. It is a neat little town that would look right at home at the turn of the century (19th to 20th). The scenery along the road is spectacular. We crossed the Kuskulana River...

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Alaska trip

Jun 29, 2011 - Kenny Lake

We traveled the 60 Gravel miles of the Edgerton Highway to the historic copper mining area of McCarthy. The road was on an abandoned railroad bed that connected McCarthy with the sea port of Cordova, Alaska. Te railroad was built in 4 years and traversing 196 miles of Alaska wilderness. There were over 30 miles of trestles and many miles of tunnels. The Kennicott Mine was In operation from 1910 to 1938 closed when the ore vein ran out and the price of copper dropped. The mine is part of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. The...

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Jul 2, 2008 - Kennicott & Kennecott

The sky was clear when we left Kenny Lake on the 92 mile trip to Kennicott. Our 1st stop was an overlook of the Copper River where we could also take some pictures of the peaks (Mts Drum, Sanford and Wrangell) at the western end of the Wrangell Range. We stopped at the Athna village of Chitina which is the start of the gravel road to Kennicott. It follows an old railroad grade that was abandoned when the Kennecott mine closed and was later deeded to the US Park Service when they purchased the mine property to become a part of the...

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Jun 24, 2008 - Kennicott, AK - Root Glacier Hike

Today we did a hike on the Root Glacier. We did the tour with St Elias Guides. We had to meet the shuttle at 8:30am at the footbridge to take us to the guides’ office. We ran across the street to the Glacier Lodge to pick up our bagged lunches. We started the hike with 7 people in our group. We had two guides, Johann and Nidal. The hike began with an easy 2 mile walk to the base of the glacier. About ¼ of the way into the hike, it was evident that Bob, Rick and I were hiking much faster than the rest of the group. Our guides were smart...

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Jun 23, 2008 - Kennicott & McCarthy, AK

Today we headed to Kennicott, which is a town in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. Kennicott is out there! The closest town (if you want to call it that) is Chitna. There were only a few buildings in Chitna, including an old hotel & restaurant, a gas station and a small store. Chitna is only 60 miles from Kennicott, but via dirt road, it is 2 hours away. Another complicating factor is that Kennicott and McCarthy are located across the Kennicott River. There is a footbridge that only pedestrian traffic can cross. McCarthy is 1 mile from...

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Jun 30, 2007 - Day 19: In every life a little rain must fall

It never got all the way dark last night, but it was darker than the past several nights as there were thick gray clouds and they produced intermittent showers. This morning we left the trailer, driving east for the last 5 miles of pavement and then the 59 miles of dirt road to the end of the line. "Dip net" and fish-wheel fishing for king and red salmon is allowed in the Copper River (only by Alaska residents). We saw a huge number of people doing both as we crossed the Copper River. Some of the people were standing in waist to chest-deep...

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