"Welcome to the End of the Road" is what one of the local folks said to us upon our arrival. This place is way off the beaten path and a little challenging to get to. We stayed in the new building which has private baths. Even the new rooms are large but quite basic (no TV, no WiFI which available in the main lodge common area).
We opted for the 3-meals a day plan and always took advantage of the sack lunch option so we could go out hiking or whatever during the day. The dinners were awesome...but it is a fixed menu. First night was steak, second night was cornish game hen, third night was halibut...all excellent. Dinner is served family style so we had the opportunity to meet several other couples that we enjoyed talking to during the evening.
The setting is a bit unique...basically an abandoned mining operation that is being restored by the National Park Service and a local volunteer group. There was quite a bit of construction going on when we were there, which is encouraging to see. This means the location is more of a historic site that doubles as a wilderness destination. (Is it really wilderness with all of these buildings around?) There are several hikes leaving from Kennicott but you may want to check out a flightseeing trip to get a better appreciation of the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kennicott Glacier Lodge is a family owned lodge located in America's largest National Park, Wrangell-St. Elias. Try glacier hiking or ice climbing on the Root Glacier, one of the few easily accessible glaciers in North America. Get a breath taking view of the park on a flightseeing tour, or spend time alpine hiking, river rafting, and exploring the National Historic Landmark of the Kennicott Copper Mine. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kennicott Glacier Hotel Kennicott