Hiking Alaska's Wrangell St. Elias

National Park and Preserve

by Greg Fensterman

A companion site to the book published by Falcon Guides®

Wrangell St. Elias National Park
Hiking Trip:
Bonanza Mine

Distance: 6.6 miles out and back

Difficulty: Strenuous

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.

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