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Hatcher Pass, Palmer

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Hatcher Pass (3,886 ft or 1,148 m) 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 cities are Palmer and Wasilla approximately 12 miles (19 km) to the south, and Willow approximately 26 mi (42 km) to the west. The communities are at an elevation of approximately 250 ft (76 m) in the Mat-Su valley.
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  • I always love a good pass and this one will forever be one of the most memorable. It was a chilly, rainy day and the views were still stunning. We stopped at every pull-off opportunity to enjoy the... 
    I always love a good pass and this one will forever be one of the most memorable. It was a chilly, rainy day and the views were still stunning. We stopped at every pull-off opportunity to enjoy the...  more »
  • We drove from Wasila up to the Independence Mine to see the gold rush era town and drove through Hatcher Pass and stopped several times to see the river and scenery. Very pretty, especially after it.....  more
    We drove from Wasila up to the Independence Mine to see the gold rush era town and drove through Hatcher Pass and stopped several times to see the river and scenery. Very pretty, especially after it.....  more »
  • Amazing drive that isn’t really gravel but hard packed dirt so an easy drive, but you can only go about 25-35mph because of the twists and turns and traffic. There are some trails but since it was... 
    Amazing drive that isn’t really gravel but hard packed dirt so an easy drive, but you can only go about 25-35mph because of the twists and turns and traffic. There are some trails but since it was...  more »
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  • This place is AMAZING. If you are traveling from the Willow side, you have a few miles of paved road, then it turns to gravel/packed dirt. It's actually in very good conditon for a non paved road. Only 1 or 2 spots that had pot holes. From Palmer, the road is paved all the way to Independence Mine. You can take the turn onto dirt road over the summit if you would like. It is a somewhat narrow road with frequent drop offs, so exercise caution. But the views are undeniable. I thought Denali NP was beautiful, and then we made it to Summit Lake, and WOW. Virgin country up here. Definitely recommend the drive.
  • Beautiful and quiet! This is worth driving to! Ears will be popping and the views are unbelievable! A must road-trip!!
  • This place is extremely beautiful. Loved the drive. You get to see beautiful mountains.
  • What an amazing place! Will return next year! Berry picking, hiking and amazing views!
  • Hatchers Pass and trails around it are gorgeous in the winter with skiing, snow boarding or sledding and of course the summers are out of this world!

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