Riding the Kennicott shuttle
Riding the Kennicott shuttle McCarthy Reviews
Riding the Local shuttle between Kennicott and McCarthy May 25, 2013
At the end of McCarthy road is a parking lot on the left and a footbridge with a small structure on the other end. This is where you would catch the locally run shuttle.
The local shuttle runs between the footbridge, McCarthy and Kennicott every two hours from 9-6. It is about $6 round trip or $3 one way. You pay the driver for your ride. If you are opting for a round trip he or she will give you a ticket for the return trip. The ride is about 30 minutes.
Some people prefer to hike or bike the 5 miles between McCarthy and Kennicott. Prior to my visit I had thought I would take the shuttle up to Kennicott and hike back, to McCarthy, but to be brutally honest the views along the road are not as nice as I would hope – a flood or major snowstorm caused a lot of damage a few years back - and at the end of a busy day I was too tired to hike and thankful that there was room in the shuttle back to McCarthy.
I also recommend the shuttle because the hour and energy it takes to hike up to Kennicott would be better spent touring the ghost town or participating in one of the many glacier hikes offered. But if you have the time to spare and want to burn off more energy or you want to stay pass 6 pm than definitely enjoy the hike between the two towns.
Bikes are also available for rent in McCarthy. Town is super small and you can’t miss the local sports shop on the main road.
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