Hike to the Bonanza Mine in the Wrangell St-Elias National Park

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Stunning scenery, hike to the top of a mountain, 1930's mining ruins in a frontier Alaskan setting. 

This 9 mile strenuous hike will reward the intrepid hiker with a serene setting and in-tact mining ruins for any and all to explore at will. Literally at will as there will be no park personnel telling you where you can and cannot go - it is really at your own risk! The mining ruins are halfway in tact, with some parts of the various buildings partially collapsed. Many of the old tools and tram equipment is still located up here. Seriously dope.

Warning that at the time of the hike you were still allowed to take rocks (they are cool turquoise colored with the copper deposits), although it would be best to check with NPS personnel before you depart. Leave all mining ruins where they rest, this site is only here because people like you or I left the site standing as-is. Don't be one of those guys.

The trail is accessed via a spur trail off the main root glacier trail, which starts at the Kennecott Mines NPS HQ. Plan for the entire trek to take the majority of a day.  

Pack List

  • Sturdy boots
  • Camera (you'll want your good one)
  • Water (there isn't really any along the way)
  • Snacks/Packed Lunch
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RT Distance 9 Miles
Elevation Gain 3800 Feet
Activities Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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