Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Hiking Trip: Bonanza Mine
Distance: 6.6 miles out and back
Approx. hiking time: 6-8 hours
Total elevation gain: +3972, -3972
Best season: June - September
Access: Trail begins on the road north out of Kennicott
Maps: USGS McCarthy B-5, C-6
Challenges: Not overly steep, but the angle is unrelentingly up from the start.
A trail hike from Kennicott Alaska to the ruins of the Bonanza Mine. This pretty much an all day hike unless you're in great shape and can hump hard up a good incline for several hours.
Things start out a bit boring as the first hour or so is in the brush. You're an a good trail but the brush around you is over your head so no views till you break above the brussh. The view from the top of the ridge is terrific. Be sure to go all the way to the ridge crest.