Kennicott Mine Question

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  1. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    Coming back AK in July, only this time renting a Jeep and bringing the other half along. She wasn't too keen on a third trip for me on the on bike, so we agreed on flying in and doing the Jeep thing. Question is about how long to wander through the sites at Kennicott Mine. We are looking at staying in McCarthy for the night, get up and get going to tour the mine and then head up to Tok and staying the night there. It doesn't look like to me that it would take more than a half a day to meander around the main tourist area. Whats your best guess on time spent there being a tourist?
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  2. keith in alaska

    keith in alaska Valley Gruver

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    You are correct. A half day walking around the site is about right.
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  3. Mark907

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    Should stay at Kennicott & take the tour.
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  4. Beezer

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    main tourist area... ya... half a day, especially if you B&B in McCarthy. in all probability you don't really need a Jeep, and certainly not to McC... it's gravel, but its (now) well groomed for the mini tour buses they send down there. even 15 years ago a regular car would have no problem. in fact there are no roads that need Jeep.... and leaving the road prolly violates the rental agreement. I'm told some rentals do not allow Denali Highway.... fuck them, go anyway, always nice to have 4x
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  5. HackyMoto

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    If you hike up to and a round the glacier or above the mine it would take a day..
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  6. FLARider1

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    Thanks for the replies!! Hacky, trip to the glacier sounds like I may fit it in. oh and Congrats on the new job!!

    This is only one small part of the trip. We will allow be in AK/YT for 2 weeks. We are going to Dawson via the Taylor and TOW. Also going to Wiseman and to Antigun Pass. If it rains I’ll be happy for the jeep/ 4WD. Alaska 4x4 out of Anchorage rents vehicles they allow on the rougher roads.
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  7. legion

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    Has this trigger been squeezed?
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  8. Beezer

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    so......... you have been to the Kenai peninsula? Seward, Hope, Homer, Anchor Point???
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    Last several days we are there are in Homer

    I’ve been up to AK and the YT twice. We are combining places she has heard so much about from and places I haven’t been. She has also done the Inside Passage cruise with shore excursions. This won’t be our last trip up there! We we explore most all of it all eventually!!
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  10. HackyMoto

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    Safety is off..
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  11. Beezer

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    squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze???????????????????
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    Are we shooting a gun or having a bowel movement here?

    Is there tent camping in McCarthy? I want to get a little drunk while in town and be able to stumble to my tent.
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  13. keith in alaska

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    There is camping just before you cross the foot bridge into McCarthy. You will have to stumble over it. Not long ago you had to pull yourself across the river on a tram.
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  14. Tom S

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    The Kennicott River hand tram in 1979. Not my pic. Saw it in 1978. About half way across you were almost in the water.

    [​IMG]
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    You were evidently better looking back then.... you know, before the operation.
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  16. Beezer

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    they built a better car for the tram and raised it up in the 80s. don't remember when the ATV bridge went in but somewhere in the 90's. there is residue on the banks, but the tram is long gone.

    theres another bridge farther down stream big enough for cars... possibly the tour bus guys put it in. dunno
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    I last whipped across on the old tram in about 1980 and recall it being a product of necessity and if you were thinking about using it you couldn't be the kind of person that thought it was always someone else's fault if you muffed up. The bridge downstream was (as I understood it) private and to be used only by locals.

    A couple three years later a nutbar from CA that had recently moved to the area murdered a few of the locals as I recall. Very interesting place that attracts its unfair share of resident weirdos that flip out once every couple decades in a newsworthy way. Last I recall it was a goofball that wanted to be called Papa Pilgrim. Beautiful area though and no shortage of privacy. A bit of an earthy subculture in the surrounding woods. Last time I remember seeing a young gal walking out of the woods by herself wearing a dress and no shoes.

    Here's info on the early '80s murder spree for those of you that were around.

    http://www.nytimes.com/1983/03/03/us/6-killed-in-alaska-in-shooting-spree.html
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  18. Colemanfu

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    Is there any trail riding around the mine or town?

    Looks like an amazing place to explore!
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  19. keith in alaska

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    My advice is to tread lightly. These folks like there space. There is a reason why they are there! The residents tolerate the park visitors, beyond that..... not so much.YMMV
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    We where hiking around the mine in the spring of 83. We walked into one of the little dwellings that was open. Inside were magazines addressed to Craig Hastings. Looked like he left in a hurry. Coffee mug and cereal bowl was left on the table. Felt pretty creepy so we moved on.
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