Day Trip

Discover early 1900s artifacts in remote alpine terrain!

Great for adventurous hikers looking to enjoy the rich history of Kennecott, Alaska! You’ll hike high into the alpine to reach the old Bonanza Mine site, an enormous body of copper ore claimed in the early 1900s. While the mine itself is closed for safety, you’ll be able to set sights on the old Bonanza tram station and artifacts left over from the Kennecott mining operation. Along the way, you’ll be mesmerized by views of the Root and Kennicott Glaciers that spill into the valley below. In the distance, you’ll have panoramic views of the Chugach Mountains that line part of the Alaskan Coast. While you hike, your guide will teach you about the local flora, fauna, geography, and mining history!


Tour Details

$200 per participant

10 miles round trip

Uneven trail surfaces, steep trail, loose rock

Tour Length – Day Trip
8 hours

Tour Start Times
9 am in Kennecott

Dates Offered
Daily from June 15th – August 31st, 2024

Age Limit
All Ages welcome!

Group Size


Trip Highlights

  • See still-standing early 1900s structures 5,000 ft up on the Bonanza Ridgeline!
  • Incredible views of the glaciers down in the Kennicott Valley
  • Exploration of an abandoned mining site
Once you book your trip, you’ll receive a confirmation with all the information you need!

What’s Included?

  • Experienced and knowledgeable guide
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Kennecott!

(Pick-up time and location vary depending on your lodging location. Please reference your confirmation for specific details.)

What’s Not Included?

Equipment List

Come prepared with the following:

  • Rain Gear – Both jacket and pants!
  • Extra layers – Warm sweater and/or jacket
  • Hat and Light Gloves
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen, and Bug Spray
  • Hiking Boots with ankle support or other sturdy walking shoes.
  • Trekking Poles
  • Lunch, Snacks, and Plenty of Water
  • Camera/Phone to Take Pictures!
  • Backpack – Please make sure it is big enough to carry your extra layers, lunch, snacks, and water.


We are located in the heart of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. There is a 60mi dirt road that connects us to the highway system and there is also an airstrip in town!
There are several options for getting to McCarthy-Kennecott – driving, riding in a van shuttle, taking a scheduled or chartered flight, or some combination of these options. Please visit our Transportation+Lodging page for more detailed information.

Tipping is customary in the guiding industry and always appreciated. Our guides are paid professionals but tips make up a significant portion of their income and can go a long way toward making guiding a feasible long-term career choice. For our day trips, a good estimate is between 10% and 20% of the trip cost. So if you go on a day hike or climb with us, that would come to between $10 and $35 per person, depending on the trip and the percentage. As in any industry, your tip should be based on the service you feel you received. If you had the time of your life, the sky’s the limit! You can tip your guides in cash, via Venmo or you can leave a gratuity on your card. If your trip includes a flight you should plan on tipping your pilot independently, any amount that you pre-tip will go to your guide directly. Thank you for considering this ahead of time!

The towns of McCarthy and Kennecott are closed to outside vehicle traffic, and the Footbridge is the only way for visitors to enter the area. The Footbridge is a pedestrian bridge that crosses over the Kennicott River and is located at the end of the McCarthy Road.

You can pay to park your car at the Base Camp Kennicott Campground at the end of the McCarthy Road. To access the towns of McCarthy and Kennecott, you’ll want to cross the Footbridge. Once on the other side, there are a few different ways to get to where you need to go:

- If you need to get to your lodging, check with your lodging host to arrange a pick-up with them. 
- If you need to get around the area for the day, there is a local shuttle service that provides rides up to Kennecott at a cost. However, you can always ride your bike or walk the ½ mile to McCarthy or the 5 miles to Kennecott. There are no bike rentals available in the area.
- If you’re joining us for a glacier activity, rafting trip, fly-in hike or multi-day activity - transportation is included! Once you’ve booked a trip with us, check your confirmation for more information.

Meet the incredible guides that are the heart of our trips!

Who are the guides that make up the St. Elias Alpine Guides team? They are a diverse and competent group of people from all across the country. Their extensive outdoor experience, wilderness medical training, and great personalities make them stand out from the crowd. We put them through a thorough training program unique to our area – glaciology lessons, backcountry navigation, and training trips on the slopes of the Wrangell Mountains add to our guides’ abilities to adapt and dominate in the diverse terrain of WSENP. From a glacier hike to an 8-day expedition, they’ll be sure to make it a trip of a lifetime!

Because our schedule is as dynamic as the environment we live in, we usually assign guides the night before for our Day Trips. And while we can’t guarantee who your guide will be – we love and trust every one of them and we know you will too!

Cancellation Policy

Your payment is fully refundable up to 48 hours prior to the start of the trip. If anything comes up prior to that time, call or email us to cancel your reservation for a full refund. Within 48 hours, there is no refund for cancellations. No-shows will be charged the full price. Our trips go out rain or shine! In the rare event that we to cancel a trip due to dangerous conditions, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

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