staying just outside of the Wrangell-St.EliasNational
is the largest national park in the U.S.and only has two roads into the park.We took a trip all the way in the road which
goes into the park from the west.This
is the Edgerton-McCarthy Road.The first 33 miles are paved and the next 60
are dirt.With this in mind, we opted to
pay for van trip into the park.McCarthy
is the jumping off point for those who wish to explore farther by backpacking
or flying in.Otherwise you can take a
van five miles farther on to the Kennecott Copper Mine, which operated until 1938.When the copper mine was in operation the
towns of McCarthy and Chitina were busy towns.Today there is little in either place and the mine town is deserted
except for the tourists who come to visit.The towns were accessed by a railroad.Now that rail bed is the road.
at Kennicott (Note: The town name is spelt differently than the mine.
Across the Kuskulana River
) about 11
a.m. and set about to explore the area.We went through the buildings that were open and photographed those that
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.
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
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
we are back to Tok as we start our journey east.
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