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“A Highlight of Our Trip to Alaska”
Review of Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass
Ranked #48 of 862 things to do in Alaska
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Several hiking trails are located in this area.
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by this beautiful gem and spent an entire day here. Unbelievable views and so much history about the Independence Gold Mine. Be sure to hike to Summit Lake; the hike is challenging, but not too strenuous and the views make the climb well worth it.

Thank Ladybug7726
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

We were introduced to Hatcher Pass by our professional photographer friend, Hanna with Relic Photographic. She took our photos here one night and we returned the next day to tour the trails. We hoped to see some bear, moose, larger mammals. Instead, we were enthralled by the scenic views. Though we were visiting during tourist season, our weekday visit wasn't terribly crowded and we were easily able to safety stop for photographic opportunities. Great hidden treasure, Hatcher Pass.

Thank RockinM412
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We drove to Hatcher Pass from Anchorage on a summer day, since we didn't have any scheduled activities that day. It was a beautiful drive. Little Susitna River was beautiful, with turn-outs where you can park and go down to the big boulders in the river. The gravel road leading up to the pass was very navigable and lead to some great views.

Lots of short trails leading up to the hills for kids and adults to enjoy and get 360 degree views from, and Summit lake was beautiful as well.

Wasilla, Palmer are close by, so I would recommend packing a picnic lunch before you drive up there.

Thank Siddi
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Reviewed 23 July 2017 via mobile

..drive. We drove the whole loop, from Willow to Palmer and back to Willow. Easy drive, with great views. Weather dependent, although, but we were lucky. Read in to the pass history will make it even more rewarding. If u want hike, there's plenty of opportunities. A good day!

Thank Dag L
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Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

After having sledged "The Mile" in February 2017, I wanted to return to Hatcher Pass to see it in the summer. Honestly I expected to see rocks and eventually land slides. But what I've gotten was an overwhelming sea of greenery covering the scarps of those majestic mountains!
As most of the places in Alaska, also the Hatcher Pass has different faces depending on the season. The contours and the overwhelming height of the mountains, the fault that goes through its base and the Little Susitna River are the only constants. But to call these constants is also to accept the fact that what you see has the same name it had months or years ago, but still, it's totally new to your eyes. The river, the detailed relief of the mountains, the whole scenario changes . The focus of the observer may bee totally: from the all covering white to the all covering green. And some grays and browns peeping in between.
If you have a chance, don't miss it. It is big enough to offer you a sportive challenge independent of the time of year. And a plate full of three-stars-food for your eyes and your soul!

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