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Hatcher Pass, Alaska

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#32 of 96 in Nature in Alaska
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  • This was our first experience in Alaska and loved the beautiful drive with the weather changing throughout. There was not a lot of traffic. At the top is an old mine but as we had seen many others rec...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
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  • Number one place for a weekend getaway if you want beautiful sights and don't feel like driving 3+ hours for an adventure or if you just feel like an adventure in general. My favorite time to visit is either mid to late fall or winter. The purple hue across the horizon during twilight or sunrise is a truly magical experience everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
  • There is a lot to see around here. Making it to the top of the mountain is so rewarding! The water is ice cold, but absolutely beautiful!
  • Play in the snow here! Cross country, telemark, sledding, snow shoeing...bring your dogs. Trails nicely groomed. Parking is $5.
  • One of my favorite places to photograph and hike!
  • A MUST-SEE side trip for those passing through the Matanuska-Susitna Valley en route to points north such as Denali. Look for the turnoff on the right several miles north of Willow. The first part of the trip is on very good. paved but winding roads as you climb in altitude. The further east you travel, the more winds. The dirt road across the Pass itself, starts out flat on the Willow side but offers great views of the Little Susitna River and the mountains your heading into. Once you reach those, prepare for plenty of switchbacks with great vistas. You'll reach pavement on the other side and the trip back into Palmer-Wasilla is a great drive in itself. Stop at the Little Susitna (Little Su) pull-off as you exit the Pass proper. Makes a great backdrop for a group photo or selfie...or just the view itself!
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