— Erie Mine —
The journey to the 100-year old Erie Mine bunkhouse is a grand excursion and will challenge even the seasoned hiker. Perched high in the geological contact zone of the Wrangell Mountains, a thousand feet above the Root Glacier, the Erie bunkhouse is a hard to reach and rugged day of adventure. From the edge of the Root Glacier trail you will begin the journey upward to the bunkhouse.
There are no trails once the climb has begun and the tricky nature of this alpine hike will leave you feeling rewarded and relieved you have an experienced guide along for the journey. From the scree-filled gully, where you begin your ascent, to the bunkhouse itself, the route involves steep side hill traversing, rock scrambling and good balance. Once there reward yourself with great views of the mile-high (1.6km) Stairway Icefall, 6,696ft (2,040m) Donoho Peak, and a well-earned lunch.
*Lunch is not included in trip prices, but you’re welcome to purchase a Snack Lunch for $12.
“A fantastic experience — wild Alaska at its best!”
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