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Yanert Coal Mine – Denali Alaska
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Overview
Location

Just south of Denali National Park entrance

Sights

Old mining camp, mining artifacts, wildlife

Distance

About 2 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

1837 ft

Summit Elevation

2183 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

346 ft

Time Required

1+ hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring a liter of water

Best Season

Summer

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Lots of shade cover

Trail Condition

The trail is clear until the last 1/4 mile. You will need to bushwhack the remainder.

Restrooms

None

Visitor Center

None

Camping

N/A

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Good hiking shoes, light jacket, hat, sunglasses, bug spray, bear spray (optional)

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The Trail:

I found this mine on accident while exploring an area just south of the Denali National Park entrance.

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I found this small cache along the way

The mine area has a dug out shelter that has several large containers and a boiler still present. If you hike down towards the hollow a little ways you will find another dug out and the old door that is slowly decaying.  There are tons of old artifacts including food cans, buckets, barrels, rail tracks, wooden structures and more.

I came to this area two times and still haven’t found an entrance but I’m pretty sure they may have been caved.

More pieces of wood scattered about

More pieces of wood scattered about

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Door which was laying just below one of the dug outs

Door which was laying just below one of the dug outs

An old leather boot and food cans

An old leather boot and food cans

Boiler

Boiler

Boiler

Boiler

More metal pieces

More metal pieces

One of the several dug outs

One of the several dug outs

One of the several dug outs

One of the several dug outs

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A bucket still faithfully catching rain drops

A bucket still faithfully catching rain drops

Wooden structure of some kind

Wooden structure of some kind

One of the many rail tracks in the area

One of the many rail tracks in the area

Old sleigh

Old sleigh

Looking back towards the valley

Looking back towards the valley

More large barrels and boilers

More large barrels and boilers

A bucket still in its original spot hanging from a tree

A bucket still in its original spot hanging from a tree

The Return:

Head back the same way you came.

Personal Thoughts:

This is a very interesting place and one I would love to come back and explore more.

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Technicality
4.0
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5.0
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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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Jeff Johnson
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