55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr. (The Mountaineers Books)
© Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr./The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
These trails up to the mines are fine, for what they are- basically walking uphill for four or so hours until you reach the old mine sites (the entrances have been sealed by the Park Service for safety). The views of the Kennicott River Valley are gorgeous, the mines and their artifacts are interesting, but with all the fantastic backcountry hikes in this area, why are NONE listed except this "tourist" hike? The iconic Goat Trail comes to mind, as well as many other routes around Skolai Pass, Chitistone Canyon, routes in the Chugach Mountains, and the Crystalline Hills. We did a really sweet airstrip-to-airstrip hike in Steamboat Hills this year. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park is enormous and filled with amazing hikes. If you find yourself in the Kennicott-McCarthy region, buy one of the two trail guide books available for this park and have an adventure instead.
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