hiking
1 month 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.

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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.

Road was closed, but still a nice hike.

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

hiking
10 months ago

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.

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!

Beautiful lake, hike was fun.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

Great Trail, Easy to get there. Once you get the mine area, just follow the road up and its on the right. Can't miss it. Lots of great views. Nothing difficult, The lake is amazing and nice and cool if you take a dip. If you want, take a tour of the mine or just roam around. Lots of buildings to check out. Enjoy

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Please be advised that the gate to upper visitor parking is not open to the public until July. We had to walk an extra two miles or so, round trip. The view of the lake is still worth the extra hike. I'd happily hike 12 miles for this view! The lake is still frozen, and much of the trail is covered with snow today. Lovely spot to hike! The Independence Gold Mine is located at the trailhead. We spent an hour roaming the old ruins.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Great family sight!

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Very easy hike, good for the entire family, amazing views as long as its a clear day. The snow was still packed pretty well so it was easy to walk around, but its getting warmer so plan accordingly. Still a feet of snow up there. Dogs on leashes. There are bathrooms in the parking area and in the mine area. Several trails branch off from the mine area and along the road on the way up. Definitely going back this summer.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Absolutely stunning. It's pretty easy to see the entire mine, I have a problem with my right hip and I've walked it twice about 3 hours each time. Going back again in two weeks!

hiking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Great hike for all experience levels!

Friday, September 16, 2016

great history to view

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Just did this today with my kiddos, 7 and 8, and the view was absolutely stunning all throughout the trail and the lake itself, was equally stunning.

hiking
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Got harder at the end.

hiking
Wednesday, July 13, 2016

This is a very nice and well maintained trail.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Nice easy hike with gorgeous views plus a gorgeous lake at the top

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great hike! Doable for almost all levels and you're treated to an excellent view at the end. An out and back hike complete with gold-mine history and a glacial lake.

hiking
Friday, July 01, 2016

Gorgeous

hiking
Friday, June 24, 2016

We didn't make it to the top. We were carrying a one year old and some of the spots were a little sketchy with the baby. Want to do it again.

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

I haven't thoroughly explored this trail yet but I just wanted to give a description of where this is located since I took so long trying to find it, only to happen upon it by planning a different adventure instead.
This trail is located at Hatchers Pass, up at Independence Mine. If you walk up where the waterfall is, where the train cars are located, you will find the sign and trail.
I plan to go back and thoroughly explore, now that I know where this trail is located.

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Love this little hike!

hiking
Sunday, July 19, 2015

Took a second hike this way...no snow this time (June 6th last go)...beautiful locale...after visiting Independence Mine, we hiked up to Gold Cord Lake...took an impromptu dip in the lake, then scaled the vertical to the peak directly above the lake while wife and kids hung out. Way cool! both trips were great - ensure you make this a visit you don't miss!!!
FYI - take cash for the Mine gift shop!

rock climbing
Saturday, June 27, 2015

My team of two got into some hairy stuff as we blazed off the trail in hopes of making it to the peek...the weather rolled in as we made our way over snow covered boulders, searching for our footing...straddling and crawling over all sizes of rock! Great time...will remember forever!

hiking
Saturday, June 27, 2015

Love everything about getting out and about in Alaska...great views and wonderful accomplishments!

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Great for kids! Very easy-beautiful!

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