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Beautiful Drive!

I attempted to drive up to Hatchers Pass but only was able to make it to the Hatchers Pass Lodge... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Stefan M
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Apex, NC
Hiking Up In God’s Country

If you have the time, head up the Pass to indulge in hiking of all levels. Mountain streams and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CheffK
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Wasilla, Alaska
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I attempted to drive up to Hatchers Pass but only was able to make it to the Hatchers Pass Lodge and then the gate was closed. Very scenic drive non the less with plenty of spots to pull over.

Thank Stefan M
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you have the time, head up the Pass to indulge in hiking of all levels.

Mountain streams and lakes are aplenty. Be sure to wear hiking boots and appropriate attire. Be ware that the weather can change very quickly so being prepared is key.

If you park at any of the designated areas, there is a $5 fee for doing so. Park Rangers are in abundance so best not to skip the fees.

Archangel Valley is best during the summer time and having an SUV or truck is ideal for that goat trail.

Independence Mine is at the top of the road. Be prepared to walk in to reach it though.

Summit Lake is only accessible during the summer months when the Pass and the road is open.

If you want to take the drive all the way through, plan to spend a few hours making the trip.

Thank CheffK
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

Earlier this week on an unusually sunny fall day in Alaska, I took my 2 year old, going on 12 years old grandson up to Hatcher Pass. We started out at the Goldmine Trail Head were the sun was just coming up over the mountains and the temp was a balmy 28. We hike down to the Little Susitna River to look for gold as Joe had asked to do.
Being that it was a little chilly and he decided his legs couldn't work we made our way back to the truck and went on down to the river crossover at the entrance to the pass to throw stones into the Little Su which was much warmer.
All and all a beautiful once in a life time adventure with good company and wonderful scenery.

Thank Mattm5701
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Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

Hatcher Pass at 3000 ft above sea level has stunning views and is great for hiking and berry picking in summer.
It's approximately 50mikes and connects the Parks highway with the Glenn highway. It is also home to the historic Independence gold mine of 1906

Thank Blacksquidie
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Reviewed 24 September 2018

My niece and I were told about Hatcher Pass by a shopkeeper in Palmer. We decided to take a picnic lunch and take the scenic drive to the pass. It was a sunny day and we ate our lunch sitting in from of our car gazing out at the scenery which was gorgeous with fall colors. There are no picnic tables where the paved road ends and the gravel road to Willow starts although there are picnic tables along the way. After lunch we walked about one mile on the paved road to Independence Mine Historical Park. Since we were there the second week of September the road might be open during the summer months. If you have the time I would highly recommend this, do note that if you have a rental car don't attempt the gravel road drive to Willow.

Thank Capitana99
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Reviewed 18 September 2018

We did the Reed Lakes Hike in Hatcher Pass. I would rate it as a strong moderate. The first portion of the trail is flat and easy - it then moves more upward and rugged. At maybe 2-2.5 miles in, the boulder scrambling starts. If you have a large pack, the boulders will be harder to cross. I just got on my butt several times to be safe. It was doable. If you have a small dog, it might not work. We saw several larger dogs making the trek - but they would have to be confident in their abilities. The glacier lakes are just one good aspect of the hike - the remainder of the hike is just as enjoyable and beautiful. I really liked it as a good all-around hike; you should be in good condition. And on a sunny day in September, it was crowded and there is a limited parking lot (you can park along side the road...you just then have to hike to the trailhead...start early!).

The turnoff on the highway was not marked in September 2018. We passed it. If you hit the historical mine, you have gone too far. Also, there is no pit-toilet at the trail head, but there was a port-a-potty when you turned onto the gravel road. No water available. Come prepared.

Thank warrenville111
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

This is an Anchorage must-do!! This pass is exquisite. It runs from the town of Palmer to Park's Highway. If you are headed to Talkeetna/Denali from Anchorage, this is perfect for you to obtain some magnificent scenery along the way. Even if you are just staying in the Anchorage area, this is a short drive (40 min) away. I highly recommend this to all who travel to Alaska in the Anchorage area. You are missing out otherwise!!

Thank jameswU8379TO
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

Worth the drive, even in the rain. The road is gravel/dirt with ruts and potholes, but easily drive able.

Thank pazduha
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Reviewed 23 August 2018

It was a amazing drive when we drove into hatchers pass, we saw the glaciers from glaciers view and the view all the mountain in panoramic view. We did a small hike the mine and gold cord lake. We touched some snow around there too!!! When we headed in it was quite cold around 40s in the independence mine. When we toke the road out to willow, we stopped at summit lake. It was around 5 degrees colder there and raining pretty bad. But we hiked up a trail up a mountain. And, it kept getting cooler and cooler. When we reached the 2 small lakes the top of the mountain, we saw two small lakes which were absolutely magnificent. We hiked further up to some big snow patches and the beauty of the glaciers. But I noticed the rain started to mix with snow and snow hitting the ground. When we hit the very top, it was 80% snowing and 20% raining. It was too cold continue so we headed back. I highly recommend Hatchers Pass, and I do recommend 4 wheel drive but the roads and not the bad at all. Check out hatchers pass for Snow and breathtaking views!

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Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

We took an impromptu day trip to Hatcher Pass in a drizzly day. This was late August after a week of rain and the alpine tundra was spectacular. Blueberries, easy trails, abandoned mines and multiple waterfalls. Truly a beautiful place and the drive is relatively easy. (No RVs or trailers though)

Thank gsconnor2016
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