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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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  • Roads closed due to weather I suppose. Could still hike/ski to the old mining town ... worth it if you are physically able ... all uphill!!!!  more »
  • Coming from Willow, the drive is a bit iffy when the road turns from paved to gravel (numerous potholes, but certainly passable), but the views are certainly worth it.  more »
  • So beautiful!!! This needs to be at the top of your bucket list!! So many different things to see here - every turn feels like you’re in a different place!  more »
  • If you are fortunate enough to arrive at the summit on a clear day, you will be rewarded with views that are spectacular. There are hiking trails that take you in all directions.
  • Beautiful location. Only spent a half hour up there, but would go back for hours if I had the chance.
  • My husband and I visited Hatcher Pass during a recent trip to Alaska. While we had seen some stunning views in Alaska, nothing compared to the views of Hatcher Pass. We drove the whole Hatcher Pass road, and also got out to do a couple hikes. The hikes at Hatcher Pass surpassed everything else we had done on the whole trip. It didn't even feel like we were in the same country! I would definitely recommend anyone who is in the area to take the time to drive this road and hike some of this beautiful area.
  • So beautiful and so much to explore!
  • Absolutely gorgeous! Well worth the drive, even if the road to Willow is still closed, as it was Memorial Day 2019

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