Gold Mint Trail, Hatcher Pass

We decided to take it easy and explore Independence Mine State Historical Park on our last full day in Alaska. In its peak year, 1941, Independence mine produced 34,416 ounces of gold worth $1,204,560. It was closed in January of 1951, after mining nearly 6 million dollars’ worth of gold, and was eventually donated to the State …

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Twin Peaks and Lake Eklutna

We drove South a bit toward Anchorage to try the Twin Peaks trail on the advice of a couple we met on the Reed Lakes trail yesterday.  It’s part of the Chugach State Park and overlooks Lake Eklutna. They said it was known for Dall sheep, bear and other wildlife.  Twin Peaks trailhead begins at …

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Reed Lakes

Reed Lakes, a gorgeous 15 mile hike in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains, was epic! A couple we met on the North Face trail a couple days ago recommend it. It really pays to talk to the locals. ┬áThe bridge on the road leading to the trailhead was washed out so we had to …

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Hiking Crow Pass to Raven Glacier

Today we hiked Crow Pass from the trailhead in Girdwood. Glaciers, waterfalls and mining ruins made this one of the most interesting hikes so far.  The first part of the trail was lined with salmonberry and blueberry bushes.  Not many blueberries were ripe but there were plenty of the juicy and sweet salmonberries. The weather …

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Look, look, it’s a bear!

We decided to check out the Winner Creek trail today after hearing about the hand powered tram that crosses the creek and the relatively low elevation gain made it seem like a great idea after Monday’s steep climb. It’s about 5 miles roundtrip and meanders through a lush rainforest filled with ferns, moss, evergreen trees, and bears! …

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