McCarthy and Kennicott

Wrangell/St. Elias National Park, Alaska

The old mining town of McCarthy sits on the end of a strip of land that juts into Wrangell/St. Elias National Park. Along with the old mill town of Kennicott, five miles up the road, they are the source of most services available for visits into the park. Also, because of the way they are situated, access is quite close for some excellent activities.

An unpaved road goes almost all the way to McCarthy. As an old railroad grade, it is famous for flat tires, though it isn't overly rough otherwise, most of the time. The road ends just before the McCarthy River, and they there is only a footbridge across it into town. There actually is a bridge about a mile down the river, but it is privately owned, and the "toll" is not something that visitors will pay. It is really intended for trucks that need to deliver supplies and the like.

Because of all the rain that one must expect in Alaska, I spent a fair amount of time in the McCarthy area before and after my visit into the Wrangell/St. Elias backcountry.

The Copper River, on the drive into McCarthy

The Kuskulana River Bridge, which not so long ago had no railings and consisted of two parallel tracks for the car tires.

KusKulana River.

Wrangell/St. Elias National Park.

View from the Kennicott River Lodge, where I stayed.

Kennicott Glacier.

Root Glacier.

Kennicott Glacier and Bonanza Ridge.

Kennicott River Lodge.

Bonanza Mine Trail.

Ore bucket, Kennecott Mill. (note that the town and mill names are spelled differently)

Kennicott Glacier.

Kennecott Mill.

Kennecott building.

Kennecott Mill and Root Glacier.

old equipment in Kennecott Mill.

After my backcountry trip, back in McCarthy.

Bonanza Ridge with rock glacier.

Trail near Kennicott Glacier.

Kennicott Glacier and pond.

Donoho Peak.

Regal Mountain and Stairway Icefall.

Unnamed peaks.

Black bear off McCarthy Road.

Black bear at Kennicott River Lodge

Unnamed peaks above Kennicott Glacier.

Root Glacier and Kennecott Mill.

Tundra scene.

Flying out from Wrangell/St. Elias NP, to Chitina.

Chitina River

Continue on to the Wrangell/St. Elias backcountry