Bonanza or Jumbo Mines Hikes
If you’re looking for a full day’s hike in the mountains AND a trip back in time, come with us to the mines! At the turn of the 20th century the richest copper lode ever found was discovered here, which gave birth to the towns of Kennecott and McCarthy and many lifetime’s worth of stories and history! These mines were where some of the purest copper ore was found.
These hikes ascend nearly 4,000 vertical feet above Kennicott up to where the mine buildings are. The views of the Kennicott Valley, Mt. Blackburn, Donaho Peak and Kennicott River get better and better! These basins also feature the dramatic face of the Castle, a craggy rock tower that looms overhead, and the ruins of the bunkhouses where the miners once lived.
You will have all day with your own guide, so we can set a pace up the mountain that works with your fitness abilities. Even if we don’t make it to the top, you won’t be disappointed with the views of the Kennicott Valley from high in the alpine!
7 – 9 hours
– (medium – hard)
Terrain Challenges May Include:
sustained vertical gain and loss in elevation over loose, and at times unstable rocky trail.
Anyone who feels up to hiking up and down somewhat steep trails for 8 hours can enjoy this hike. No prior experience is necessary.
Because this is a private trip only, we can leave anytime before 10 am. We include a shuttle from McCarthy or the footbridge (if that is where you are staying) to pick you up 30 min prior to your departure time.
This trip leaves from the KWG office, which is located on main street Kennicott, across from the Kennicott Glacier Lodge.
2017 Bonanza or Jumbo Mine Hike Pricing
$20/child discount for all children 12 and under on all group and private day hikes (issued at final payment)
$5/person discount for AK residents & Active Military and family. Valid with current I.D. (Issued at final payment)