After hiking and kayaking around Gustavas, AK we packed our duffel packed and hitched a ride on the ferry. Six hours later we arrived in Juneau. After a short night there, our flight was delayed for a few hours but we finally made it to Anchorage. There we picked up a rental car and began the driving portion of our trip. McCarthy was still 300 miles away, so we split the drive and finally arrived in the community parking lot the following morning. The town doesn't allow non-resident vehicles so you have two options. Walk the 3/4 mile into town carrying your luggage or take the 'shakedown shuttle' as it became known. The shuttle is $15 bucks per person for a five minute drive. We opted to walk and never regretted it.
Once in town we got our room at the Lancaster Backpacker Hotel (not recommended) and went for a short hike. The room was OK, but had no heat or AC and was nearly connected to the saloon. The saloon that played music the first night till 2 AM; followed by an encore performance in one of the rooms above ours at the hotel.
After settling in at the hotel/room we made our way through town to the McCarthy Creek Trail. The trail follows the creek with very little elevation change. It was a short walk from town to get to the trail and you immediate left the noise of downtown. There were a few sections of trail that needed some maintenance but for the most part it was easy going.
The following day we headed out of town before the 'shakedown shuttle' began rolling. Our destination was the glacier inside Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. We headed up the Wagon Road Trail (4.5 miles) which meandered through the woods to the National Park. we based by the Kennicott cemetery before reaching the town and beginning down the Root Glacier Trail. Although the weather wasn't ideal, the landscape made up for it.
For our last day in McCarthy we hit the trail/road early before the 'shakedown shuttle' started. Today we were headed to the Jumbo Mine Trail. Just outside of the old mining town of Kennicott, there are two large mines that the town was built for. The trail climbs straight up from town into a beautiful valley. Throughout the valley, the remains of the old mining operation lay in ruin. It was well worth the effort to climb up to see all the artifacts, and the views weren't bad either.