walked all around the mine. very interesting

Not to hard but not to easy, good fun hike with beautiful views!

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1 month ago

The mine was cool. The hike was very quick and easy. The lake was pretty. For pics and more info visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/05/a-day-at-independence-mine-state-historical-park/

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1 month ago

Beautiful, peaceful views of Gold Cord Lake at the top. We got up to the top in about twenty minutes, and took about that long to get back down again.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Easy for those who hike often. I can see where it may be considered easy/moderate for some due to the slight incline of the trail. Beautiful views of the lake and Independence Mine once you reach the top.

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1 month ago

This hike is amazing and the views are so stunning. We went out with the intentions that it was a very “easy” hike like most of the reviews claim, however I would consider it more moderate, especially for people who aren’t avid hikers. The first half is pretty easy, but towards the top it gets a bit sketchy and it’s pretty steep. Just know that you are going up the whole way. Once you get up there it is definitely worth it, and the way down takes half as long and is much more enjoyable!

Absolutely breathtaking views! We were saying how much it looks like the Alps up there. Lake is gorgeous. However I don’t agree with the rating of “Easy”. It was easy for myself and my mom who are active but I definitely wouldnt say people of all abilities could attempt this hike. Elderly or anyone with conditions in altitude shouldn’t do this. It gets a bit steep but only for a very short time.

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2 months ago

Such a beautiful hike! Great for picnicking at the lake up top. Good hike for children- smaller kids should be carried on the second half that ascends up to the lake. Trail is narrow and not level. We are always treated to small wildlife and the water is so pretty.

Loved the view, easy trails to walk on.

Went all over not just by the buildings. Hiked up to the cross and in back by the yurt and A- frame. . Will be beautiful in the fall.

Easy trail with a winding path up. Takes about half as long to get back down!

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2 months ago

Great hike to a beautiful lake. At least the views that I could see below the low clouds.

Fun to walk through the old mine area and see the water tunnel

lovely trail. lots to view. we took our 9month old son and he enjoyed the hike. it wasn't too bad in elevation and it was a easy hike.

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2 months ago

this was so fun! we went yesterday 7-28-18, but the lake was so worth the climb. my Fitbit said it was a 642 elevation and it took us 45minutes to climb with my bad knee. we took our 9month old son as well loads of fun and an easy hike.

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2 months ago

I highly recommend this trail. It’s the reason I love hiking in Hatcher Pass. The parking is easy to find and usually not too busy. The trail is easy and relatively flat in the beginning and then inclines up to the lake. The view is wonderful and you can overlook the mine.

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2 months ago

Went up a couple days ago. It's to the right of the Independence Mine as you're walking/driving up towards it. Short and easy hike up, absolutely gorgeous on a sunny day. The Lake is so clear and there's plenty of space to walk around and explore. Probably go during a weekday to avoid any crowds.

Hiked up to marmot ridge. Nobody but us!! Beautiful and total isolation. Old mining equipment and a man made mining tunnel.

The road was still closed due to the amount of snow but it was open to pedestrians on foot. There were quite a few people walking up and back from the old mining town. Lots of signs to read and learn from. It was kind of neat to have waste deep snow and then we drove 10 minutes down the road to the Gold Mint Trail and took our jackets off because we were too warm!

Went up yesterday..Still lots of snow but made for a fun and slipery hike! Sun was shining and everyone had fun!!

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5 months ago

Easy and quick. Tends to be muddy during the warmer months, but what isn't here in AK! Great for the family or casual hiker.

11 months ago

Love this hike, summer or winter is good. Video from this fall. https://youtu.be/be--X_6RWGc

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Didn’t make it as trail covered with snow and needed snowshoes. Will try again. Beautiful views

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Sunday, October 08, 2017

Not too crowded today. The gate to Independence Mine is closed so you have to walk from the lower parking lot to the trail head. The snow line was just below where the trail joins the main road. About 1-2 inches of snow but very easy to walk.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Road was closed, but still a nice hike.

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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Love this hike. Took an hour to walk and explore the history of the mine.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Gold cord is a really nice hike to start exploring hatcher pass. There are two different parking lots to access the trail. The closest one to the trail head is at the top near the old mining buildings. It has an $8 fee right now and closes at 6:00pm. If you don't want to pay or want to hike later you can park at the lower lots but will have to walk up the road about 15/20 minutes. Make sure to give yourself time to hike down before the parking lot closes, there are signs that they will impound all remaining cars and a slightly manic sounding park ranger with a mega phone to give reminders of closing time.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Not sure who is in charge of this app and naming this place, but there is No "fishook" Alaska. There is Willow fishhook Road and Palmer fishhook Road and Wasilla fishhook road, which are located in Palmer Alaska and Willow Alaska. There is no fishook Alaska. now that that's cleared up I'm going to go hike this Trail!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Beautiful lake, hike was fun.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Super easy... quick incline and good views at top.

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