Independence Mine – Hatcher Pass, Alaska

April 17, 2016

It is just a short uphill hike from the Hatcher Pass parking lot up to Independence Mine (gold mine). You can even see the mine from the parking lot. The trail was very compacted but starting to post hole about thigh-deep when venturing off of the snowmachined trail. 


Several of the buildings at the old mine were completely covered in snow, while others you could have a look inside. 


Most of the structures are in bad shape, and there are signs posted to stay off the buildings. None of the buildings are open this time of the year. 

This was an interesting place see (I mean I’ve never seen a gold mine before!), however I wouldn’t put it on my list of places to return to in the summer.

Unfortunately I did not find any gold on my hike. My favorite part of this hike was stopping back in at the Hatcher Pass Lodge for a warm spiced cider!  

For more information I found the following websites helpful:

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.


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