Summit Missile Base - Launch Area


An overview of the site from the IFC control area.The two explosives magazines are visible in the lower right.
The missile storage and launch bunkers are on top of the hill, and the support buildings and fences surround the lower areas.

5-31-2003
Explorers: Freak and Spartacus.
    After looking at the IFC we continued down the road, stopped to look at the two explosives storage bunkers along the way, and then entered the missile area through the wide open gate. We first went to the top of this small hill to look at the two launch bunkers, I found a spent smoke grenade in front of one and we saw used fireworks all over the ground and the floor inside. The lower level was flooded, but we got into the small tunnels under the missile rails and saw the cables and rail cart transportation system. The second bunker had a few murals inside, it's lower level was dry but in neither bunker did we find any of the extensions out to excape hatches that seemed to exist at Site Point (the Nike base near the airport). We checked out the nuclear warhead magazine bunker (empty) and a tiny bunker identical to one at Site Point that I'd thought was a tunnel entrance. It was a small chamber with a smaller one next to it, a vent led out of the bigger chamber and a stencil on the door listed a loading limit of two people. We figured it must be some kind of ammo storage, although you'd have to squeeze hard to get two people into the chamber. Down the hill from this was a building which turned out to be kennels for guard dogs, and a small utility tunnel that was infested with squirrels. The utilidor turned into a red metal gantry that led out of the hill and into the power plant, I walked along its top onto the roof of the power plant and then down a ladder while Spartacus looked around inside. We chased a squirrel through some pipes in the floor and I tried to take a picture of it, but no success. We contemplated salvaging the huge wooden ceiling beams and the working vehicle repair crane, then looked at the fuel tank and the vehicle repair shop just up the road. A third building seemed to be a warehouse of some sort, it had two vehicle doors, a high celing, and another overhead crane, but no obvious function.
     After seeing everything here and realizing we'd been there most of the day we started down the mountain, taking a shortcut down from the launch site instead of the longer road. We found some kind of military cable strung down the mountain, and some other bits of metal along the trail we followed down to the gate onto the ski area road. We walked back to the truck and left, tired and hungry but with full camera memories another successful mission behind us.


 The base was surrounded with razor wire, with an inner fence around the missile bunkers. Both gates were left open.


Each bunker had two rail carts to transport the missiles out to the launch apron. A tracked crane near the ceiling allowed loading of the carts.


Beneath the rails were tunnels holding the gears and cables for the missile carts, snow has drifted in through the slot between the rails.


Some interior pictures from both bunkers, including some paintings we found in various areas (the bear is the logo of the Alaska military command)


Explosives and nuclear warhead storage bunkers.


An odd little bunker with two tiny storage compartments and a vent, we have no idea what this was for.


The power plant and launch control building down the hill from the launchers. The ceiling crane here still worked.


The power plant had a red metal bridge carrying utilities into the side of the hill, from there they traveled through some small crawl tunnels, which were infested with squirrels. Everywhere we went we heard squirrels screaming and chattering at us from pipes and holes in the floors, but we failed to get pictures of any of them.


Kennels for guard dogs between the control building and the bunkers, and a military police office inside the control building.


A vehicle repair shop, the inspection pit has been filled with dirt.


Possibly the sewer treatment plant (simmilar to the one at the control site) filled with dirt and squirrels.


A slightly distorted view of the launch area from Terraserver.


A practice missile launched from the Summit base in this 1960's photo. Taken from this pamphlet.

Have you looked at the control and radar site photos yet?

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