Independence Mine Trail

Palmer, Alaska

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Hiking trails suitable for all hiking abilities, in picturesque Independence Mine State Historical Park. Independence Mine State Historical Park commemorates the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company gold mines near Hatcher Pass, the second-richest lode (vein) mines in Alaska’s history. The park’s trails are all alpine hikes, beginning at 3,500 feet in elevation. There are many acres of alpine tundra to explore, and wild-flowers are out in force by late June or early July.

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"Hiking trails suitable for all hiking abilities, in picturesque Independence Mine State Historical Park. Independence Mine State Historical Park commemorates the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company gold mines near Hatcher Pass, the second-richest lode (vein) mines in Alaska’s history.

The park’s trails are all alpine hikes, beginning at 3,500 feet in elevation. There are many acres of alpine tundra to explore, and wild-flowers are out in force by late June or early July."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Palmer
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Best mid-June to September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Mat- Su/Copper Basin Area, Finger Lake, Mile 0.7 Bogard Road, 7278 East Bogard Rd., Wasilla, AK 99654; (907) 745-3975; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage D-7, Alaska State Parks brochure Independence Mine State Historical Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Independence Mine Trail

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May 2018