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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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  • Great views. Moderate hike in some places. Avoid walking on dirt paths if it's wet. The mud is extremely slick. With clear sky's your can see some of the mountain tops in the area. Park down below the...  more »
  • Hatcher Pass is a beautiful ride and a very safe road to travel on for the ones that don't like those kind of roads. make sure you check out the mine at the top, All paths are paved and easy to walk, ...  more »
  • My wife and I visited Hatcher Pass in May 2016 during our escorted ‘Natural Wonders of Alaska’ tour with Titan Travel. We were en route from Wasilla via Anchorage to Seward following our 1 night stay ...  more »