Explore Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass

Independence Mine State Historical Park

Independence Mine is a huge gold mine located in the scenic Hatcher Pass just north of Anchorage, Alaska. This short hike is an easy way to spend the day in the beautiful Talkeetna Mountains.

If you've only got time to do a few things when in Alaska, make sure you visit Independence Mine State Historical Park in Hatcher Pass. It is open year round, and beautiful no matter the season. You can easily spend the entire day exploring the mine and surrounding area.

The winter months fill the pass with snow making it ideal for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and sledding. The Hatcher Pass Lodge is located about 1 mile below Independence Mine and is a great place to warm up after a day of adventuring.

The snow closes the road between the Lodge and Independence Mine but you can park at the gate, and walk up the groomed trail without snow shoes. However, if you step off the path you may find yourself waist deep in snow. This trail is a popular place to cross country ski as well.

Explore the mine and surrounding area at your on leisure or with a tour group. There are several short hiking loops around the mine itself, and even more throughout Hatcher Pass.

For more information on Hatcher Pass and Independence Mine check out dnr.alaska.gov and Travel Alaska.

Pack List

  • Day Pack
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Snow Shoes(Optional for Winter months)
  • Camera
  • Extra Memory Cards
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

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Winter Aurora

This is stellar spot close to Anchorage to photograph the northern lights in the winter. You'll want snowshoes or xc-skis to get there and tons of warm clothing, it was -20˚F on my visit and I was the only one there.

Great place to explore!

It isn't a very far hike from the parking lot, but offers some awesome views of the Alaskan Mountains. If you go in the winter, Hatchers Pass is filled with snow and is a great spot for skiing, sledding and other winter sports. The mine and visitor center is closed during the winter, but you can still explore and check them out. A beautiful area!


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