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Bonanza Mine Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

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3.9 mile 6.3 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,694' 1,126 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 5,871' 1,790 m
Low: 2,177' 664 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

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A nice day hike up to the historic ruins of Kennecott Mines.

Abe H

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

There are no fees to enter Wrangell-St. Elias, but getting to Kennecott requires logistics (eg. variable parking fee at the end of McCarthy Road, $5 shuttle from McCarthy to Kennecott). While the park and roads are open year-round, McCarthy Road is not regularly maintained in the winter and Kennecott Visitor Center is only open from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Description

Kennecott used to be a small copper mining town in the early 1900s and Bonanza Mine is currently the most accessible mine, requiring a lengthy, but straightforward, day hike. The trail begins near the beginning of the Root Glacier Trail close to the end of Kennecott Road. Follow the switchbacks through the trees up to the tundra, where the views really open up. The Bonanza bowl is very picturesque with patches of snow, a stream and small waterfalls, and turning around, you see Root Glacier and the Chugach Mountains.

Continuing through the bowl, remnants of mining operations are ever-present and the trail culminates at the mine bunkhouse ruins. Here, you can hike around and observe the historic artifacts, and if you are ambitious enough, you can continue up to Bonanza Peak. The route to the summit is described in the Bonanza Peak Hike.

The trail has an intermediate / difficult rating due to its grade and patches of snow along the trail.

Flora & Fauna

Bears are known to be present on and around the trail.

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Bonanza Mine ruins
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