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Hatcher Pass, Alaska

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Hatcher Pass is a mountain pass through the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska. It is named after Robert Hatcher, a prospector and miner. The nearest incorporated communities are Palmer and Wasilla approximately 12mi to the south, and Willow approximately to the west. The communities are at an elevation of approximately in the Mat-Su valley.OverviewFrom the west, the pass is reached from the Parks Highway by a road winding approximately 40miles up the valley of Willow Creek. The pass divides the alpine headwaters of Willow Creek on the west from Fishhook Creek and the Independence Bowl on the east side. To the east the road drops into and follows the Little Susitna River canyon downstream, and south, some dozen miles to the abrupt mountain front at the edge of the broad Matanuska-Susitna Valley. The road is unpaved and minimally maintained for about 20miles over the pass. This central portion of the road is usually closed by snow from late September to July. Although closed to car traffic, this section of road is heavily traveled in winter and spring by snowmachines and skiers.Mills, adits, sky-trams, and other extensive early-1900s mine workings throughout the area of the pass record the activity that brought the road in. Now only a handful of people live and work in Independence Bowl, and none in the surrounding valleys.
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  • August 29, 2017
    Beautiful! The Little Susitna river flowing over boulders along the road, craggy mountain tops looming over head and lush valleys to mosey through. Plus plenty of trails to hike and when you reach Sum...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    I love the drive to Hatcher Pass almost as much as I enjoy hiking the trails and visiting the mine. There are a plethora of trails in the ArchAngel area (Reed Lakes is incredible, and a 'must do' trai...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Beautiful ride along a dirt & twisting road - climbing to the summit and down the other side is very photogenic ! Many trails for your feet to travel ! Little disappointed not to see more wild life as...  more »

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