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Independence Mine State Historical Park

23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, AK 99645
+1 907-745-2827
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Great sites over the valley

Great place to hike, picnic, relax and sight see from the moutasin tops. Its about a 30 min drive... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2018
akbrads
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Just do it!

Great place to hike and learn a little bit about Alaskan history! Make sure you are prepared for... read more

Reviewed 5 March 2018
16Allegra16
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Park dedicated to the history of the gold rush.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good28%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“gold mine” (32 reviews)
“hatcher pass” (50 reviews)
“gold mining” (21 reviews)
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23264 Gold Cord Road, Palmer, AK 99645
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Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Great place to hike, picnic, relax and sight see from the moutasin tops. Its about a 30 min drive from either palmer or Wasilla, hut wirth the drive. Wild animals are usually on the driving route.

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Great place to hike and learn a little bit about Alaskan history! Make sure you are prepared for the weather. Take your time and enjoy the fresh mountain air!

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

So beautiful, worth the drive. Don't miss out on the fun of winter, come prepared. Great vistas, and a perfect place to photograph.

Thank Denise L
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Reviewed 21 December 2017

This is one of the oldest mines in Alaska, with a view that will take your breath away as you make your way to the top. During the summer you can hike and visit the old mine, gold mining is available as well. During winter...More

Thank Margaret T
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Reviewed 8 December 2017

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

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Reviewed 30 November 2017

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.

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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

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Reviewed 4 October 2017 via mobile

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

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Reviewed 3 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
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Reviewed 15 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
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SMAC1973
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!
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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
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lagibbs5
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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.
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