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Bonanza Mine

Christina Kirkwood - Sunday, May 25, 2014

By Morgan Falzone

The countdown until our season officially begins is at an end! After weeks of preparation, we at Kennicott Glacier Lodge are excited to open our doors and welcome visitors to our home in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. The weather out here has been absolutely gorgeous! Our staff is taking advantage of the warmth to get out and explore the area; they will be ready (and eager) to offer suggestions on many of the activities available for you to enjoy.

Last Saturday, three members of our team ventured along the Bonanza Mine trail. The hike is rated as strenuous - the rocky trail gains about 3,800 feet over 4.5 miles. To ensure they had enough energy for the task, the hikers slept in and enjoyed a delicious lunch prepared by one of our professional chefs before hitting the trail - luxuries they can afford with our long daylight hours. The sun doesn’t even begin to set until around 11:00 PM, so visitors have plenty of time to take advantage of glacier climbs, trail hiking, historic tours, and more. Just make sure you have enough energy to outlast the sun! Of course, if leisure is what you’re after, you can absorb the beauty of our surroundings by relaxing on our porch and enjoying a fresh meal. With panoramic views of the Chugach Mountains, Fireweed Mountain, Mt. Blackburn, and the Kennicott Glacier, you don’t need to travel to admire the area.

While enjoying expansive views from above the tree line, our trail-blazers didn’t quite reach the Bonanza Mine. About two miles in, the trail disappeared under a foot of snow. Continuing on for some time, alternating between bushwhacking and traipsing through increasingly deep snow, they eventually decided to turn back so as to arrive at the lodge in time for the family style dinner. What a great way to end the day!

For more information about the Bonanza Mine Trail, check out http://www.nps.gov/wrst/planyourvisit/upload/Bonanza-Mine.pdf

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