I am a frequent hiker on McKinley Lake trail; its path meanders for 2.8 miles through the Chugach National forrest and eventually passes by McKinley Lake, a fairly large glacial lake which lies beneath the trail. A rustic forestry service cabin sits by the lake near the end of the trail. The McKinley Lake Mine awaits you just 3/10 of a mile beyond the cabin. Gold was discovered there in 1898 capturing the hearts and minds of many Alaska residents. The rail below will lead you to the mine and back into the past; won’t you join me there?
I had imagined that I’d find the entry to the old mine there, but the doorway to the gold is long hidden, buried beneath the ground. Or, maybe it is there somewhere, farther beyond the end of the trail and only accessible to the creatures of the forrest and to those not bound to trails!