A narrow canyon trail with views of glaciers, rugged mountains surrounding you, and mining efforts throughout the years (historical as well as current) are all present along this short sojourn into the Alaskan wilderness. Anyone looking for historic goldmines will be well rewarded along Mineral Creek Road and hiking the area. At the end of the drivable trail (where this trail guide ends and marked with a gate), a hiking trail continues to the historic Smith Mill about 1 mile further up the canyon. (At the time of mapping this guide, a landslide prevented safe hiking to the Smith Mill, proceed at your own risk.)
From the intersection of Egan Avenue & Hazelet Avenue bear north on Hazelet Avenue until you reach Hanagita Street. Turn west (left) on Hanagita Street until the first intersection, then bear north (right) on Mineral Creek Drive. Bear north (right) again after the bend onto Mineral Creek Road.
You are now at the trailhead.
My wife and I visited the trail after not visiting the area for over 10 years! The trail was fairly well maintained except for the bushes closing in on our newer 4Runner the last mile or two of the trail.
Kyle has been into off-roading since getting his license at 16 and wheeling the family SUV (possibly without informing his parents of these wheeling trips in their vehicles). He graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with an Electrical Engineering degree. He lives in south-central Alaska and is raising his two young kids. Kyle stays busy year-round by working full-time as an Electrical Engineer who spends his weekends wheeling, hunting, fishing the local lakes, and raising his family. He is eager to share his love of the outdoors with others, especially when it involves a 4WD. His goal is to create an amazing resource for locals and travelers alike to enjoy the endless beauty Alaska has to offer while respecting the trails and keeping them open for years and generations to come.