Hike to the Kennicot mine along the Root Glacier
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Saturday started off a little slow and later than expected do to the previous nights celebration, but was a must. That being a hike up to the Kennicot mine and then hit the trail along the Root Glacier..
When you cross the foot bridge to McCarthy you walk straight ahead and hit a 'T' in the road. To the right in McCarthy, one-half mile away. To the left is Kennicot, four miles up an incline, both gravel roads traveled by four wheelers, motorcycles, the locals and the shuttle that will take you up to Kennicot for five bucks. Well, beings I hit it hard last night, I choose NOT to take the shuttle bus and walk the four miles. It was tough going, mostly cause I saw the shuttle bus pass by about every 20 minutes and knew that it was a short 10 minute ride with them. But I made it and treated myself to lunch at the Kennicot Glacier View Lodge while a short rain shower passed. Then it was a short walk to the mine and follow the path through the mine up along the Root Glacier. Unfortunately it was still a bit hazy out. But the hike is alwasy worth it. You can also take some side trails that hike up some other remote mine shafts, but I opted not too...