Will spend four nights (three full days) camping in our RV at McCarthy. Very interested in mining history and mechanism of mining. Also very interested in hiking to and on Root Glacier.
Looking at two outfitters-
St. Elias Guides and Kennecott Wilderness Guides
Have corresponded with Kennecott Wilderness Guides and they offer a private half-day guided tour that includes the mill and historical buildings at Kennecott as well as historical/cultural look at McCarthy and surrounding area's history and significance. They are offering a reasonable price, considering the length of the tour.
They also guide to (and on) Root Glacier. They specialize in small groups or private treks--we like that.
The other outfit, St. Elias Guides runs a 2-hour scripted tour of the Kennecott Mill. Apparently it can get busy with tourists. We don't like that.
Wondering if anyone has experience with the Kennecott Wilderness Guides and the experiences they offer with the guided cultural/historical tour and the guided Root Glacier hike.
If you've been out with St. Elias Guides, would like to hear about that too.
Also wondering about flightseeing in the area--I think Wrangell Mountain Air offers it out of McCarthy and have read some very positive comments about them--but not sure what to expect as far as flightseeing experience.
(We would be doing the McKinley Flyer excursion--wonder if it would be more of the same? Or perhaps it would enhance the Kennecott and surrounding area experience?)