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    Is Devil's Mountain Lodge still in operation? If so, does anyone have contact info? Is the road/trail to the old village of Nabesna accessible to hunters? Is there a local air taxi that would do business with a non-local/non-guide? Thinking about bushwhacking up the Jacksina River and need some info.

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    Devils Mountain Lodge should be just fine, and Kirk Ellis should still be flying. But its getting late in the year for drop-off arrangements around opening day of sheep season. Sorry, I can't find his telephone number right now. Be aware that telephone service out there does not always work, especially after rain.
    The road is generally fine, except again, following periods of heavy rain.
    Kirk is really a great guy and pilot. If you fly with him I'll bet he will become one of those people that you will forever be impressed with.

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    Default Devil's Mountain Lodge

    You can contact Cole or Kirk Ellis at 907-822-5312.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tccak71 View Post
    Is the road/trail to the old village of Nabesna accessible to hunters?

    Thinking about bushwhacking up the Jacksina River and need some info.
    Are you talking about the trail to the Nabesna Mine or the Nabesna Road itself? The Nabesna road is relatively good, but the creeks will wash it out in places. Lost Creek is particularly bad for this. The mine itself is private property and so is Devil's Mountain Lodge making leaving a vehicle a little problematic. It is an easy walk from Devil's Mountain Lodge to the mine. Your proposed route up the Jacksina is very difficult.

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    Ellis is flying residents again eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Are you talking about the trail to the Nabesna Mine or the Nabesna Road itself? The mine itself is private property and so is Devil's Mountain Lodge making leaving a vehicle a little problematic. It is an easy walk from Devil's Mountain Lodge to the mine. Your proposed route up the Jacksina is very difficult.
    Thanks for the responses.

    Ya, I was talking about the mine. Is it an active mine? I'd like to walk the mine road on the way to the Jacksina. How would I find out who owns the mine? How far from Devil's Mountain Lodge do have to park to remain off private property? I'm not looking for a drop off, but a potential scouting trip prior to the season. Thanks for the phone #'s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tccak71 View Post
    Thanks for the responses.

    Ya, I was talking about the mine. Is it an active mine? I'd like to walk the mine road on the way to the Jacksina. How would I find out who owns the mine? How far from Devil's Mountain Lodge do have to park to remain off private property? I'm not looking for a drop off, but a potential scouting trip prior to the season. Thanks for the phone #'s.

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    The mine was not active as of last summer, but you never when it will be again given the current trend in metals prices. The mine is owned by Kirk Stanley, I believe he lives in Anchorage, but does spend some time out at the mine. The Ellis family may let you park at their place if you ask, but I know that they are sensitive to this topic because of the number of people who come out there and don't realize that there is private property within the national park. You could park at the Reeve Field trailhead which isn't too far from Devils's Mt. Lodge.

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    Thanks. Its good to hear that the Ellis' may be receptive to allowing me park there if I ask. I assumed they wouldn't want anyone on their property. If its a lodge, I assume that they have rooms and/or serve food and I'd be willing to patronize (I hope that is the correct word )their establishment. Is Duffy's Tavern gone closed now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tccak71 View Post
    Thanks. Its good to hear that the Ellis' may be receptive to allowing me park there if I ask. I assumed they wouldn't want anyone on their property. If its a lodge, I assume that they have rooms and/or serve food and I'd be willing to patronize (I hope that is the correct word )their establishment. Is Duffy's Tavern gone closed now?

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    The lodge is typically for their hunting clients, but again it wouldn't hurt to ask. They are nice folks and won't bite your head off. Duffy's has been closed and was for sale. I think it may have sold recently, so maybe someone is trying to get it going again. Also Sportman's Lodge is sort of openish I guess and you might be able to get a cup of coffee or beer there. Mentasta Lodge has a pretty decent burger if you go that way.

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    If you make it up the Jacksina from Devils Lodge you are a very special person. We took horses up to the head of the Jacksina last August from the Tanada lake trail head. That in itself was a two and a half day ride. While I do realize Devils Lodge is half as far distance wise to the Jacksina it would still be quite a hump. With the current sheep population in that part of the Wrangells I would put my effort in elsewhere. From August 10 - 21 last season we counted a total of 20 rams between Tanada and the South side of the Nabesna Glacier. None were legal. Not to mention the fact that every super cub with floats was already parked on every lake along the way. Just my two cents.

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    Tccak71,
    I was also thiking of doing this. I think it would a great trip. I was going to hunt solo so the 15-20 mile trip in would have been too much, especially if I shot a ram. So I am going elsewhere. If you go, I'd like to know more about it. Take care.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Mentasta Lodge has a pretty decent burger if you go that way.
    Where is this? Is it on the cut-off, before Nabesna? I don't remember seeing it. Do I have to actually hook it up toward Mentasta?

    Tim

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    Default A bit past the Nabesna road towards Tok

    Yeah, you have to keep driving past Slana. Probably about 20 miles past the Nabesna Rd junction.

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    Mentasta Lodge is on the Tok cut off, north of Slana, just a little south of road in to Mentasta Village.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Grayling View Post
    Tccak71,
    I was also thiking of doing this. I think it would a great trip. I was going to hunt solo so the 15-20 mile trip in would have been too much, especially if I shot a ram. So I am going elsewhere. If you go, I'd like to know more about it. Take care.
    I'll let you know if I pull this off. As of now I don't have partner and am trying to convince a coworker to do this hunt with me. He doesn't hunt (kinda a greenie) but LOVES to hike and bag peaks; I figured he'a an ideal partner as he doesn't want to shoot anything!

    I don't know if I'll make it to the Mentasta Lodge; If I shoot it out at Chicken Ridge, I'll make time to check it out.

    Tim

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