Alaska November 01, 2018
This Hike Into An Abandoned Gold Mine In Alaska Is Terrifyingly Fun
Near Palmer in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley, Hatcher Pass is a popular place for outdoor recreation any time of year. Visit in the summer for hiking trails and epic views, visit in winter when it becomes a cross-country skiers paradise. This area rich with natural beauty was also found to be rich in precious metals, and during the gold rush of the early 1900’s, a gold mine and Boomtown were established. The Independence Mine is a haunting and fascinating place to visit in Alaska.
Head up Hatcher Pass into the Southwestern Talkeetna Mountains to see the gold mine and explore the beautiful area. To check out all the options for adventure in the area, check out the
Hatcher Pass Brochure here.
In September of 1906, Robert Lee Hatcher discovered and staked the first lode gold claim at this spot. The area exploded with industry and life as the mine grew and became established.
What is now called Independence Mine was once two mines: The Alaska Free Gold Mine and Independence Mine. In 1938, the two were bought together as the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company.
That eventually became protected by the state in 1980 and became the Independence Mine State Historical Park. The mine was in operation until in 1943.
The mine brought in nearly 6 million dollars' worth of gold during the run. Visit this piece of history and take the self-guided tour to learn more about the history of the mine.
Now you can visit one of Alaska's largest gold mining camps as the area was designated the Independence Mine State Historical Park, protected for everyone to visit this piece of history.
While you visit, keep animals on a leash and leave all the historic artifacts for everyone to enjoy. You'll have a wonderful day exploring this haunting mine.
In the winter months, this abandoned gold mine takes on an eerie beauty in the snow and fog. Bring your skies to explore the trails! Snowy conditions make it a little less accessible, but you can still see the mine and the view.
Winter recreation options include sledding, snowboarding, and cross-country skiing. The park is open year-round to the public,
however, the Visitor Center is closed during the winter months.
Spend a magical day in this gorgeous place and exploring a piece of history. You'll love this amazing day in Alaska.
Independence Mine State Historical Park
23264 Gold Cord Rd.
Palmer, AK 99645
The latest weather reports for the area are listed here.
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