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Independence Mine State Historical Park

Wasilla, AK
+1 907-745-3975
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Amazing hike with beautiful view of lake!

Wow Gold Cord Lake was breathtaking. We parked in Independence Mine. At first had difficulty... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Shelly D
Great hike, terrific views, and Alaska culture

Great hike, terrific views, and Alaska culture. If you want to observe the culture of Alaska take a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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Wasilla, AK
+1 907-745-3975
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Wow Gold Cord Lake was breathtaking. We parked in Independence Mine. At first had difficulty finding where that trail started. We started walking up the Independence mine and realized we went in the wrong direction. Watch out for mud at the beginning of trail. Medium...More

Thank Shelly D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great hike, terrific views, and Alaska culture. If you want to observe the culture of Alaska take a walk, perhaps a hike, in the independence Mine State Historical Park. Even though this is Alaska remain hydrated and carry water.

Thank Cavydad
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Independence Mine is above timberline surrounded by beautiful peaks and tundra. The mine is somewhat interesting for a historical perspective. During summer you can walk and hike just about everywhere as the ecosystem is tundra. There are also trails that go up from the different...More

Thank N1950VVchrisc
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to go and experience history while taking in some incredible mountain Vistas near Palmer, Alaska.

Thank Superseth7
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

I love going up to Hatchers; practically in my back yard. Always a nice mini-road trip to the top. Excellent paths for all ability levels. Lots on history to take in.

Thank dedicated2run
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Fall color at mine was beautiful. Park was closed for winter, so we hiked into the mine. Very interesting buildings at the mine, with good info. Discovered all the blueberries on the way down!! Yummy!

Thank Jette W
Reviewed 14 September 2017

On a good day weather-wise there is not a more beautiful place to visit. Short and long trails lead you from historical spot to historical spot. Great mountains surround you as you walk I would say this is a must for those who like history...More

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We had actually stayed at Hatcher Pass before without visiting the mine. What a mistake----its very interesting. The whole area is so beautiful----dogs welcome if leashed. There are actually camping areas coming from the Palmer end toward Hatcher Pass.. The road from the Wasilla entrance...More

Thank Patricia S
Reviewed 9 September 2017

We did this when the road from Hatcher Pass to Willow was open (closed seasonally). This was a nice loop from Palmer to Hatcher Pass and the mine site down to Willow and back on the Parks Highway. Mine historical park is interesting and the...More

Thank derbyking98
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Although the mine could provide more tours and movies to explain the history of the site, it was well worth the trip just to see the beauty of Hatcher Pass. Great place to hike around a bit with young family.

Thank reitj
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3 June 2017|
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Response from Wasilla_Alaska_2013 | Reviewed this property |
During the summer they are open 9-7 daily. I highly recommend the trip. The views are phenomenal!
margie s
29 March 2017|
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Response from GaleAKDreaming | Reviewed this property |
The first ten miles is open year round but over the top and down the (rough) road back to parks opens when the snow is off the road. In June the pavement is smooth and beautiful. You can call AK Parks at (907)745-2527 to... More
2 August 2016|
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Response from Frank_from_Georgia | Reviewed this property |
Roughly 25-30 miles. Good paved roads all the way. Beautiful views along the way. If needed, when you get to parking area, follow signs to handicapped unloading area. Eliminates a little uphill walking.