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The 2022 Mineshaft Grinder takes place on August 13.


KMTA celebrates the mining history in Hope, AK by encouraging racers up Palmer Creek Road in the Mineshaft Grinder. In addition to these races, participants may opt to “work their claim” for raffle prizes by hauling a bucket of rocks as many times as they can back and forth along a small mini course.

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GOLD GRINDER:

An uphill-only bike race for riders to grind up 1900’ over 11 miles to the end of Palmer Creek Road.

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SILVER GRINDER:

An out-and-back 1/2 marathon road race. Runners will race Palmer Creek Road to the Nearhouse Mine and then back to Hope School.

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QUARTZ GRINDER:

An 8.5 mile running race to the top of the switchbacks on Palmer Creek Road and back down to Hope School.

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August in Palmer Creek Valley is a special time, when fireweed is in full bloom and alpine ridges may sport sun or snow. In August of 1911, John Hirshey staked four claims at the head of Palmer Creek. Gold sparkled throughout one of the quartz veins in the August light. Hirshey pulled together the finances to build and operate a stamp mill at the mine, which he named Lucky Strike. Lucky Strike was not a one-season wonder. Hirshey’s operation became the most consistent lode gold producer of the Kenai Peninsula.

Palmer Creek Circa Early 20th Century. Photo provided by Hope-Sunrise Historical Society

Hirshey Mine Circa Early 20th Century. Photo provided by Hope-Sunrise Historical Society

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Race proceeds benefit the Hope School and the community heritage programs of
the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area.

This race is under permit Chugach National Forest.

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PO BOX 1934
GIRDWOOD, AK 99587

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