Hatcher Pass Hike and History Tour

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Excursion Overview

A fully guided Alaskan experience unlike any other

We'll head north from Anchorage along the Knik Arm, a beautiful waterway that branches from the Gulf of Alaska. As the tour vehicle ascends the Talkeetna Mountains, guests will be treated with alpine views including the incredible Hatcher Pass.

Then you'll arrive at Independence Mine State Historical Park to enjoy a gold panning demonstration at the creek, and even try it out for yourself! Following our time at the creek, enjoy a guided hike along the Mill Loop Trail.

The Mill Loop trail is an easy 1-mile trail with 177ft of elevation gain. Already at 3500ft in elevation in the Talkeetna Mountains, the views are incredible! This short trail is family friendly and will provide an introduction to the flora and fauna of the tundra. Common wildlife sightings include arctic ground squirrels and marmots - if you don't see them, you will hear them whistle at you!

Things You Need to Know


  • Admission to Independence Mine State Historical Park Tour
  • Guided interpretive walk along the Mill Loop Trail
  • Time to visit the Gift Shop
  • Gold Panning Demo & time at the creek (pan rental included)
  • Complimentary snack and water
  • Hotel pick-up on request


  • Minimum of 2 passengers required to book

Duration: 5.5 hours (Roundtrip from local tour office.)

Meeting Instructions:

  • This tour meets at the tour operator's office in downtown Anchorage. Fully detailed instructions are included on your finalized ticket vouchers.

ADA Accessibility of Tour:

  • This tour is not wheelchair or limited mobility accessible.

Refund Policy:

  • You may cancel for any reason up to seven (7) days prior to the date of the tour for a full refund.
  • Please see our Refund Policy Page for complete details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Complimentary snacks and bottled water are provided on this excursion.

Gratuities are not included. The suggested gratuity for our tour guides is 10 USD per guide.


Guest Reviews


1 total


Gail P

On Sep 2018

Our Tour Guide was excellent - Rebecca - however the weather was very rainy and made the Musk Ox Farm very wet & muddy. Then by the time we got to the Mining Town - the gate was closed for the day. So we didn't get to see that part of the tour.


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Duration: 5.5 hours

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Duration: 5.5 hours

Minimum of 2 Required to Book

Adult (13+): $129.00

Child (2-12): $79.00

Infant (0-2): $0.00