Edgerton Highway / McCarthy Road

Edgerton Highway/McCarthy Road Map

Connects: Richardson Highway to McCarthy
Route#: Alaska Route 10    
Length: 93 miles    
Road Surface: 40% Paved, 60% Gravel    
Season: Not maintained in winter
Map (1 detailed pdf file available):
Milepost V 83 Richardson Highway to McCarthy, AK

The Edgerton Highway (Alaska Route 10) is a scenic paved road leading 33.5 miles east from its junction with the Richardson Highway (Alaska Route 4) to the small town of Chitina. The gravel McCarthy Road leads 59.3 miles east from Chitina, across the Copper River, and deadends at the Kennicott River, about 1 mile west of the town of McCarthy and 6 miles from the historic mining area of Kennicott.

Named for U.S. Army Major Glenn Edgerton of the Alaska Territorial Road Commission, the Edgerton Highway—known locally as the Edgerton Cutoff—provides access to homesteads in the Kenny Lake area and to the salmon dip-net fishery on the Copper River at Chitina.

The McCarthy Road follows the right-of-way of the old Copper River & Northwestern Railway. Begun in 1907, the CR&NW (also referred to as the “can’t run and never will”) was built to carry copper ore from the Kennecott Mines to Cordova.

The McCarthy Road is recommended for those who like adventurous driving. Watch for sharp rocks, railroad spikes, no shoulders, narrow sections of road, soft spots, washboard, potholes and a few “roller coaster” curves. Carry a spare tire. Not recommended for large RVs.


There is no vehicle access for visitors across the Kennicott River from the end of the McCarthy Road. The main course of the Kennicott River is crossed by a pedestrian bridge.

The MILEPOST® Quick Reference Log
Miles from Richardson Highway junction (J) shown.

  • J 0 Junction of Edgerton Highway with Richardson Highway.
  • J 5.7 Wellwood Center Bed and Breakfast.
  • J 7.2 Kenny Lake R.V. & Mercantile & RV Park; food, gas, lodging, camping.
  • J 7.4 KENNY LAKE (pop. 412) community hall.
  • J 23.6 Liberty Falls State Recreation Site, camping.
  • J 28.4 Turnoff for private RV park (status unknown)  and Chitina Airport.
  • J 32 Wrangell View Store; groceries, ice, ATM, hunting and fishing licenses.
  • J 33 CHITINA (pop. 105), food and lodging at Gilpatrick's Hotel Chitina (plans to open a gas station in 2014); Uncle Tom's Tavern; Alaskan art and crafts at Spirit Mountain Artworks.
  • J 33.5 Chitina Wayside; parking, restrooms.
  • J 33.6 Junction with start of McCarthy Road.
  • J 34.7 Copper River Bridge.
  • J 35.1 Campground.
  • J 50.8 Kuskulana Bridge.
  • J 90.3 Currant Ridge Cabins; lodging.
  • J 92.8 Base Camp; paid parking and camping.
  • J 92.9 McCarthy Road ends at Kennicott River pedestrian bridge. Walk 1 mile to McCARTHY; food and lodging at McCarthy Lodge & Ma Johnson's Hotel; flightseeing and wilderness hiking with Wrangell Mountain Air. Take the shuttle van to KENNICOTT (6 miles); food and lodging at Kennicott Glacier Lodge, guided wilderness trips and Kennecott mine tours, glacier tours, ice climbing lessons, alpine hikes and tours with St. Elias Alpine Guides and river rafting with Copper Oar.

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