Not my words but those on this cool video about the abandoned mining towns of McCarthy-Kennicott: http://alaska.org/mccarthy/mccarthy.htm And here's a link to a few more informative paragraphs about the area as well: http://www.travelalaska.com/Regions/CommunityDetail.aspx?LocationID=42 Probably called "undiscovered" because IMO it's still one of THE roughest 60mi dirt roads I've ever been on! Even tho I was born and raised up here, I'd still never been back to the very famous McCarthy/Kennicott area. Oh yeah, I had made previous attempts. Actually been down that road 3 times previous about 12-15mi by myself in a pick-up truck getting bounced around before finally saying WELL that's enough of THAT, thank you very much! :huh I guess the rough road helps keep the masses from venturing that far back into the heart of the largest U.S. National Park and Preserve, The Wrangell-St.Elias. 12 MILLION acres! Yeah, things are big up here. So anyway, me and a couple other ADV inmates decided to ride our bikes back to the mine. One was my next door neighbor Adv'er 'FarNorthBusa', aka Vic, on his new highly farkled WeeStrom. Vic had a friend we could spend the night with in Copper Center 200mi Northeast of Anchorage before making our way the remaining 100mi to the mine. Also on this trip was ADVn00b and 1 month recent Alaska Cheechako 'Nordkapper', aka Jon the Brit. Jon just moved to Anchorage on a 3yr job and has been busy putting a lot of miles on his newly acquired WeeStrom he got from another ADV'er up here. Now truth be told, because I'd been feeling guilty going on trips w/o my best buddy dogbrother Comet and I wanted to do some ocean kayaking in Valdez after this trip, for the first time ever, I loaded the KLR into my handy minivan with kayak on top and made my way to Copper Center. There the following day the motorcycling would begin for me. We've been having some crazy weather (with a fair amount of sun, thank Heavens!) this year and we went through some HEAVY thundershowers on our way north! Thunder and lightening every 15-20 seconds for about an hour just before Glennallen! :eek1 We were all VERY impressed with the "cabin" our friend Karen was staying in for the summer! Lucky for Comet, she said she'd take care of him while we were on the ride the next day. So first we do the 35 paved miles of the Edgerton Hwy to the town of Chitina on the Copper River where I look to say hello to a good friend Douglas from Valdez. His wife Jeanne and I have been best buds for many years. Douglas is also one the few people who's ridden my pretty highly modified Ducati 996. Much to my surprise afterward he exclaimed that he thought it was more fun than any plane he's ever flown including the small jets he and his brother sell! It's also his Russian Antonov biplane you see in the latest Indiana Jones movie. He and Jeanne said it was fun hanging and flying with Harrison. The Edgerton Highway. Think I'll put this one in the 'Long Lonely Highway' thread. The Highway closer to Chitina. Me and Douglas in his ol waxed cotton Belstaff motorcycle jacket. He was in Chitina to meet up with some friends for a few days of fishing for the well renowned Copper River Red Salmon. Oh, and that's his pretty highly modified '60's era school bus/camper rig. We cross the bridge over the Copper River with the many fish wheels on the left. Currently, there are literally a million acres ablaze up here making some of my photos a bit hazy. The fires are a fairly common yearly occurrence up here because of the many lightening strikes during the summer. :eek1 Then begins the 60mi McCarthy Road. It's a road built on top of the old railway that brought the copper ore out from the mine. The mine and railway was only active from 1911-1938. The road, which wasn't built till the late '50's, was made by just covering the tracks. For years it was strongly recommended that you carry two spare tires in your car/truck as many people would have a tire shredded beyond repair by the railroad spikes in/on the roadway! On my way out I was surprised to see the sun glimmer off rails running in the middle of the road that I hadn't even seen on the way in! :eek1 Like I said, roughest road I've ever been on. About 15mi in is the Kuskulana Bridge. Friends on mine used to run a bungee jumping operation off this bridge. Yeah, I jumped. I actually enjoyed jumping off it more than out of the hot air balloon bungee operation I was part of years ago. Crazy fun! Farther in on the road. And another railroad trestle comes into view. And even farther into the Park. Coming up: The end of the McCarthy Road and into the Kennicott. Mark H.