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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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  • My family and I love to hike around Hatchers Pass. They have the old mine you can check out or just hike around the mountains. Their are many popular trails, just find a spot where theirs parking and ...  more »
  • This is a great escape right outside of Palmer. There are tons of winter activities as well as summer. The view is absolutely breathtaking. It's a great place for a relaxing drive or wild adventures. ...  more »
  • We hiked the Hatcher Pass/ Reed Lakes Trail, and let me say, for someone who is not used to hiking this was moderate to difficult hike at times. The first two miles are well paved and easy hike. Later...  more »