From the middle of June through Labor Day, the Independence Mine Visitor Center is open and park rangers provide tours in the afternoon throughout the old buildings and surrounding areas. Typically the Visitor Center at the Mine is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the summer hours. If you visit the Mine when the Visitor Center is closed the trails with interpretative signs provide great information about the days of gold mining at Hatcher Pass. There are numerous hikes available in Hatcher Pass – from rather easy hikes at the Gold Mint Trail to more strenuous hikes at April Bowl near Summit Lake.
From approximately July 1st through Labor Day or until the snow flies the road over the top of Hatcher Pass to Willow on the Parks Highway is open. It is a gravel/dirt road and many rental car agencies do not want travelers to go on roads that are not paved. It is a scenic and beautiful drive though and if you are headed up north it is a nice alternative to driving through Wasilla.
Some hikes available in the Hatcher Pass area are:
Gold Mint Trail, Reed Lakes Trail, April Bowl Trail, and of course, there are numerous trails all around the old buildings of Independence Mine.