Bonanza Mine Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near McCarthy, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,943 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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8 months ago

Loved this trail! Beautiful hike- tough but rewarding. A word of caution; the shuttle service from McCarthy to Kennecott no longer allows dogs. The only way to the trail head is via a 5 mile flat road from McCarthy. You can hope to catch a ride from one of the few locals hitch hiking but the road is generally used by the shuttle service/hotel shuttles who won’t pick you up with a dog. Just something to keep in mind and add to your day if you plan on doing this hike and don’t hitch a ride!

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9 months ago

it's a long and moderate hike. At a few point it's hard but not much. it's has scenic view of the valley, you can see the McCarthy footbridge and McCarthy road, that means the valley. it's has a nice elevation gain so you will find it rewarding too.

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9 months ago

Strenuous towards the end with loose rock/ boulders and some washed out areas of trail. Worth it once the mine is reached. Amazing hike !!

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9 months ago

The trail was really nice but somewhat repetitive until you get towards the top where you can get a great view of all the surrounding mountains and glacier off in the distance. It was berry season when I went so there was a brown bear 3 miles up. Bring bear spray, make a lot of noise.

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9 months ago

Pretty decent incline basically the whole way, narrow gravel-ish path to follow through overgrown trees. Not too impressive on anything to see for the first few miles, we passed by something dead smelling up the area—there are bears around & had to get passed one heading up that way. Once you get above tree line it’s all worth it!!! The view is IMPRESSIVE. Keep going, it just gets better. Once you’re up past tree line trail turns more to a goat trail & you skirt along the ridge line. Remains from mines are all still up there. Heading up past all that is mostly rock scree so watch your footing in the shale, it gets slick! You def want to take a lot of water w/ you & some fire wood. And start out early bc it gets pretty chilly once you’re up in the rock scree. Lots of copper covering the top of mountain over ridge line. Worth the hike, trust me!

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9 months ago

Recoreded the trail for the ice cave down from the Jumbo creek. Bring hiking poles and waterproof jacket. Get there as soon as you can in the morning: When the sun is up the ice stats to collapse and more rocks start to fall from above, not huge rocks but still dangerous. Great blue ice view, deffenitly enitly worth it! Good spot to make morning tea/coffe

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9 months ago

A pain in the ass for me. Walking 3 hours to see old ruined mines. You can see those in Kennicott. Bring at least 2L of water becuase you will be able to fill your water bag at Jambo creek after 3 hours of walking. The view is cool but does't worth the elevition. For my opinion, If you want to see a good view on the glacier go to easier root. Damm wouldn't suggest this to anyone. Bring hiking poles and a jacket aswell. You will feel you legs for sure

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10 months ago

This is an awesome but tough hike. You will feel it in your legs by the end. But the natural and man-made sights are wroth the effort. As mentioned in other reviews, if you have access to a 4 wheeler you can drive up about 3.5 miles of the trail before you'll have to park and walk the rest. The trailhead as defined on AllTrails is not really marked with a sign, but its pretty obvious where to start walking near the main mining building and pretty soon you'll see some signs. The first half winds up along the hillside giving you great views over the Root and Kennecott glaciers. There's a lot of brush around during this part, and while the mosquitos were not bad at this time (due to the dry summer Alaska has been having) I can see them being a nuisance at other times, so definitely bring your preferred bug spray. About 2.5 miles in you'll come to a large bald spot on the hill that gives a great overlook of the glaciers and surrounding ranges. This is a great spot for lunch or to turn around if you're not feeling up the rest of the hike. After another mile the vegetation will start thinning and the path will get thinner, steeper and rockier. It's a bit of a slog towards the end, but at least you can see your goal in the distance. There are a few different routes you can take towards the end, one is shorter but steeper and involves some scrambling, the other a longer switchback (my preferred route). The entire hike is pretty exposed but this part is especially so. You can and will get sunburned without realizing it, so bring sunscreen if you burn easily. At the end you'll come to the dilapidated remains of the Bonanza Mine, which are fun to (carefully) explore. The landscape around is beautiful in its starkness. You can easily find various rocks containing pretty green and blue variations of copper. From here you can continue climbing up to the top of the ridge to get a view over towards the glaciers again, or even potentially continue scrambling up the peaks to see over the other side. There's a lot of exploring to be done if you've got the energy, just be cautious around old buildings and mine entrances. Overall this was a tough hike with an incredibly awesome result that was well worth the effort.

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10 months ago

probably one of our favorite hikes in Alaska as a local. 2 water sources 2/3 up the hike, confirmed running in July. careful though plan to bring some water for the first part to be safe.

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rocky
11 months ago

This was SUCH a great hike! We did it on a day there was no wind, record temps (for us!

Mon Sep 24 2018

Long, hard trail. Get a friendly local to drive you in their 4x4 truck or quad up to the end of the dirt road, it’ll cut your hike in half and start you up where the view is already good!

Fri Sep 21 2018

Great trail. The remains of the mine is quite cool place. But don't stop there and continue up the ridge and the peak.Hard, a bit scary but worth it.

Sat Aug 04 2018

Hard

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Mon Jul 16 2018

I did this hike July 2018. This is a fantastic trail offering great views starting around 1/3 from trailhead. This is an easy-moderate hike. Easy because the smoothness of the trail, and moderate because it is 4+ miles of nothing but up. However, you will rewarded with fantastic views. Make sure to continue passed the actual mine to the top of ridge. Going down is a breeze due to smoothness of trail.

Thu Nov 20 2014

This is in Copper River region, but over 100 miles southeast of Copper Center within the Wrangell St.Elias National Park. From the footbridge in Mc Carthy, hike on the road a half mile east, head north. Around a turn to the airport, less than a mile, take Old Wagon trail on left. It parallels the road. Total about 4.5 miles to the mines in Kennicott. Go past the mill buildings along the wagon trail on east side of glaciers. Cross two strams, with footbridges, to hike to abandoned Erie mines, another few miles. Good mountain biking for first 6 miles, gentle slope up. Then, becomes too narrow with glacial till and sharp inclines off trail. Access trails to climb on glacier. At Jumbo Creek can get under glacier, but it's hazardous on warm afternoons especially.

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10 months ago

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