Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Palmer with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Absolutely beautiful, I highly recommend this to anyone.

My group made it to the Bomber! Another note from the field. To get down to the glacier you must climb down one of two vertical or near vertical ropes. You pet won't make it.

hiking
17 days 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/

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
20 days 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.

hiking
23 days 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!

Pretty views, definitely moderate to hard. Had to stop every 50 feet to catch my breath!

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.

Great hike, but here are some notes from the field:
- No facilities at the hike entrance. About 3/4 on the dirt road is one lonely out house. Might want to use it.
- The hike is in a valley with lots of running water. An extra pair of socks, a pair in the car, or water proof shoes/boots might make you more comfortable. Also, if it rains or even sprinkles, be prepared for ankle deep water.
- Moderate hike, but at about 2.5 miles in you are boulder-hoping (no trail ) for about 1/4-.5 miles.
- In regard to boulder hoping, if your pet is squeemish, might want to leave them home. Also, please control your pet for the sake of other hikers.
- You must CROSS the glacier to get to the bomber. Bring your Kahtoolas (micro spikes) and poles.
- Parking is along the road if lot full and they patrol the whole thing.
With these in mind, you should have a great time.

hiking
27 days ago

Dirt trail straight up the mountain. Slipped and fell 4 times on the way down. Don't do this trail during or after rain, it will be a slip n slide. I did it dry and it was bad enough. Should have been listed as moderate rather than easy in my opinion, but I kind of knew what I was getting into since I had looked at the topo map. Nice view from the top however. It's 1 mile to the first peak and 0.5 miles from there to the second peak.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing once you get through the crowd of people at the beginning picking berries. Pretty steep all the way up. Once at the top, the trail continues along the ridge where you can see everything!

hiking
1 month ago

We parked at the unpaved lot / harder side and I agree that it was a moderate hike. My wife had our dog and I had our 4-year on my back. It was pretty much straight up the entire way and got a little sketchy on some of the rock climbing sections. There were many slippery parts from recent rain so be careful (especially if you’re carrying a child). Also, part way up we stopped at some blueberries and snacked on a few. Trekking poles would also have been useful on the way down. The view at the top was definitely worth it though!

Amazing hike! The trail is indeed moderate until you get to the terminus of the Reed Lakes trail, but the scramble up to Bomber Glacier is very tough - steep and sketchy rock slide-outs. If you give the glacier a shot, give yourself lots of time to tackle it safely. You will be rewarded with some incredible views.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome, quick post-work hike with the hubby and two bullmastiffs. It was a gorgeous sunny day and we had amazing views for minimal effort. We did take the longer, but easier, route from the paved parking lot (on Google maps it’s the “north” trailhead; at the Butte it’s the “west” trail).

One of my favorite hikes in Alaska!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Ranks as one of the steepest hikes that I’ve been on. Too bad the cloud ceiling was so low that I couldn’t see anything. I’m guessing that the views would have been outstanding.

walking
1 month ago

Nice easy stroll. Went last weekend for a few hours, with my kiddos and wife. Beautiful lakes all around the area. A few slight inclines but nothing my children (2 &4) couldn’t manage. Nice place for a picnic.

July 29. Great hike with amazing views. Give yourself plenty of time and bring plenty of water. If you plan to make it all the way to the end, be prepared for a narrow trail on the ridge next to a steep scree slope that requires a bit of scrambling. The descent is quite rough on the knees. Overall great hike. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month 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.

It’s a nice trail system to ski and walk on. The reason I give it a 4 is because it’s fairly boring and the trees don’t allow you to view much of the surrounding mountains. Nice for walking dogs, but I’ve seen several moose while on this trail.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was breathtaking, recommend waiting for a clear day. Bring a change of socks or breathable footgear as the decent seemed endless on the feet and knees. Trail is not clearly marked toward the end of the ridge line, Cairns aren’t always visible. Stay right on the way up and be prepared to scramble a bit! Overall, well worth the effort but it is taxing so be prepared! We ran out of water half way down so bring a gallon per person minimum

hiking
1 month 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.

I love this hike!! Such a good workout and beautiful views! It does get super windy and very slick in the winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Such a fun trail! Lots of trails to connect with, beautiful views, and gentle elevation changes. We'd have hiked for several more hours if the bugs hadn't been so bad. Make sure to take bug dope, sunscreen, water, and a well charged phone. My phone died, so only half of our hike recorded.

2 months ago

Very good workout. Not too long but it is pretty steep in some places. Lots of dust so you will be dirty at the end of it. The view is well worth it! We brought our dog along and he was able to do it, even climb up some of the rocks! Would definitely do it again

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