Independence Mine State Historical Park
Gold Mint Trailhead is located in the Hatcher Pass Independence Mine State Historical Park, learn what is was like to live and work in one of Alaska's largest gold mining camps. Pan for gold. It is allowed in the park with a pan and shovel only. Visit the assay office to view displays explaining assaying, retorting and other mining techniques.
Park pedestrian visitors can access Independence Mine after hours from the Independence Bowl parking area. The visitor center is closed during the winter beginning Labor Day.
Mile 17.3 Hatchers Pass Road
Glenn Highway Milepost 49.5, north on Palmer-Fishhook Road to Hatcher Pass (also called Hatcher Pass Road in the Hatcher Pass Management Area) 13.7 miles on the right; or George Parks Highway Milepost 36.1, north on Trunk Road to Palmer-Fishhook Road, turn left (north) to Hatcher Pass (also called Hatcher Pass Road in the Hatcher Pass Management Area) 13.7 miles on the right.