McCarthy and Kennecott Copper Mine
Trip Start May 31, 2008
90Trip End Aug 28, 2008
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Where I stayed
Kenny Lake Mercantile and RV Park
We arrived at Kennicott (Note: The town name is spelt differently than the mine.) about 11 a.m. and set about to explore the area
In the area there are a number of glaciers, two of which are near the mine. We walked about ¾ of a mile to view both the Kennicott Glacier and the Root Glacier. These glaciers merge into one and that portion of the glacier appears to be hills of stone, as the glacier is melting more from the top leaving stones on top. The brown hills in the pictures are actually the glacier.
After walking out the trail, we returned to the Kennecott Glacier Hotel for a nice lunch and sat and enjoyed the scenery until we caught our van ride back to the campground.
In the park are four of the highest peaks in North America and just a Denali does, they collect the clouds and are often obscured. As we rode into the park, the shortest peak, Mt. Drum was visible. Then as we were leaving, another peak was visible. I'm not sure which one that was. Back at the campground, just above the trees, the top Mt. Wrangell could be seen. Many of the mountains in the range were once volcanic. Today the only active volcano is Mt. Wrangell. It has not erupted since 1900, but frequently emits steam.
Tomorrow we are back to Tok as we start our journey east.