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Jun 14, 2017 - 13 mile hike round trip to Kennicott Mine

Had a very slow morning taking a rest while Mom And Dad tried to clean dirt and mud from truck and camper. We need a car wash!!Started our hike to Kennicott Mine( can't believe we are walking as the shuttle passes us by). After enjoying town and lunch we are off on the the old wagon trail back to camper. Sun was out and views beautiful. 13 miles later we are done for the day. Should sleep good tonight.

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Jun 13, 2017 - Bumpy road to McCarthy

After having rain for several days we change plans and took the chance to drive to McCarthy. It's a long Dusty Road, 64 miles to get there. Beautiful, saw dipnetting on the Copper River and fish Wheels. Found the best Campsite in town, Mountain View's on all four sides including the Kennecott Mine. Mom says two years ago on the 4th of July this Campground was packed. Today we have the camp to ourselves. Heading to town for dinner tomorrow we're climbing the mountain. Carrying bear spray and bear bells on us.

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Jul 19, 2016 - McCarthy, Alaska

Continued from previous post. We arrived in McCarthy without incidence on our gravel road trip. Just a little dusty, lol!! ( our weather has been stunning). Beautiful scenery along the way. McCarthy , Kennicott and Chitina all sit within the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The mountains are beautiful and have many glaciers. The Copper River runs just South of downtown McCarthy, which is only one dirt street, so a bridge was built to get you across, however it is a foot bridge!! So you park you car in a gravel lot for 5 dollars, walk over...

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Jul 19, 2016 - McCarthy , Alaska and Kennicott, AK

Hello everyone!! This journal post is for the last couple of days while we were off the grid in McCarthy, Alaska. Most people fly a bush plane into MCarthy or take a 65 mile gravel road. Our journey began after leaving Valdez. We arrived in the 3 building town of Chitna, the gateway to McCarthy. We knew the RV most likely would have trouble heading down the gravel path to MCCarthy, so we left the RV at a 15 site honor system pay station campsite near the tiny Chitnia airstrip. There was no sign of life, no other campers. But the campsites...

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Jun 11, 2015 - McCarthy Alaska

A side road off the Richardson Highway is about 62 miles of gravel road that goes towards the town of McCarthy. At the end of this road is a big parking area. There is a day use parking fee of $5 or of you want to, stay overnight it is $20. No services, just to park and dry camp there. From the parking area, there is a foot bridge across the Kennicott River. At the end is a shuttle bus stop or you can walk ne mile to the town of McCarthy. The shuttle also runs from McCarthy another five miles to the Kennecott Mine. This is an old copper...

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Jul 26, 2013 - McCarthy-Kennecott

Leaving Chitina for Kennecott,you have a gravel road built along the old copper river and Northwestern railroad bed. The road ends at McCarthy 58 miles east of Chitina and 5 miles from Kennecott. You take a private vendor bus ride into Kennecott. Kennecott was a copper mining town perched on the side of Bonanza ridge above the wide and rocky Kennicott glacier moraine. It consisted of mine offices, homes, housing for miners, hospital and a power plant for electricity and compressed air. Built in 1906 it was a success until the closing in...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Glacier Hiking on the Root Glacier in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park

Saturday, July 6 Weather: Cloudy & drizzle in the morning, cloudy the rest of the day Temp: Low 50’s all day Waking to a cloudy morning didn’t bother us too much. In fact, it was probably a good thing the sun wasn’t shining because today we had a guide take us on a hike on the Root Glacier at Kennecott. We met our guide on the other end of the walking bridge and he shuttled us over a muddy lane filled with potholes to the end of the road. What an amazing sight this area is. The huge piles we thought were left over from the mining in this...

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Jul 5, 2013 - Edgerton Highway/McCarthy Road

Friday, July 5 Weather: Cloudy & drizzle, sunny by mid-day & showers by late afternoon Temp: 40’s in the morning, 60’s by lunch Crawled out of our cozy nest in the Tahoe as it started to drizzle with the temperatures in the low 40’s. Had a bowl of cereal standing at the back of the Tahoe since everything was wet. Drove to the end of the Denali Highway and headed north on the Richardson Highway just a bit looking for the town of Paxson, thinking I could get a cup of coffee there. After traveling a few miles and not seeing a “town” we turned...

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Jun 29, 2012 - glacier hike

Earlier on this trip we took a mechanized tour of a glacier in Jasper National Park. That was fun, but to have the chance to hike on a glacier on a bright sunny day was amazing. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park has the largest collection of glaciers in North America. The size of it all is impossible to convey with words or with photographs. Let's just say the word "wow" is used with every breath you take. Six of us took a guided hike to the glacier which started with a two mile hike along side the bottom of the glacier, which looks like a...

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Jun 28, 2012 - rafting adventure

We’ve gone on many great rafting trips over the years, but the one here at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was like none other. Things at the end of the road are never easy. There are plenty of rivers to raft on and people happy to guide you, but when the rafting trip is over, there you are in the middle of nowhere. There are no roads, there is no bus with a trailer to put the raft on, - it’s just you and lots of trees and mosquitoes. So, to raft here you have to arrange for a plane to come get you and all the equipment. And that’s just...

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Jun 27, 2012 - at the end of the road

Ironically for such a wild land, this area’s main attraction for visitors is its history. The richest copper deposit in the world was found here in 1900 by a group of prospectors who mistook a green mountaintop for a patch of green grass where they could feed their horses. It was a mountain of almost pure copper, with metallic nuggets the size of desks. The deposit produced trainloads of a 70% pure copper. The first ore was so rich it required almost no processing before shipping, then came lots more copper that did need minimal processing....

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Jun 24, 2010 - McCarthy - Ice Climbing & Mill Tour

If you haven't ever tried it, and want to experience the thrill of ice climbing in Alaska, this is the place to do so. We awoke early to hike the stunning beauty of the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, in particular the Root Glacier which offers the perfect venue. Today we were going to go adventuring - ice climbing! (Insert a subtle YAY here). The adventure began at the historic copper mining town of Kennecott with breathtaking views of 16,390’ Mt. Blackburn and the Kennicott Glacier. This was our view as our guide fit us for a harness,...

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