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“Great drive”
Review of Hatcher Pass

Hatcher Pass
Ranked #45 of 886 things to do in Alaska
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Owner description: Several hiking trails are located in this area.
Reviewed 28 November 2017

This was our first experience in Alaska and loved the beautiful drive with the weather changing throughout. There was not a lot of traffic. At the top is an old mine but as we had seen many others recently we did not pay to go in. Unfortunately the road thru to Wasilla was still not open when we did it.

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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Beautiful! The Little Susitna river flowing over boulders along the road, craggy mountain tops looming over head and lush valleys to mosey through. Plus plenty of trails to hike and when you reach Summit lake you can watch the more bold at heart paragliding. An the really cool thing is that it is only a little more than a hour away from Anchorage!

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Reviewed 18 August 2017

I love the drive to Hatcher Pass almost as much as I enjoy hiking the trails and visiting the mine.

There are a plethora of trails in the ArchAngel area (Reed Lakes is incredible, and a 'must do' trail). April Bowl, Summit Lake, Gold Mint Trail, Independence Mine, and Gold Chord lake are a few of the highlights of this special area.

You can head up to Summit Lake and watch the paragliders, and just hang out all day. Such a fun area. If you're entertaining visitors from out of town, this is a great place to spend the day- or even a full weekend as there are cabins to rent near Independence mine and plenty of places to camp. Don't forget to bring your camera!

1  Thank SFLF2013
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Beautiful ride along a dirt & twisting road - climbing to the summit and down the other side is very photogenic ! Many trails for your feet to travel !
Little disappointed not to see more wild life as birds and prairie dogs were the main stay.
No gas or services along the way - several pull offs and plenty of places for a picnic !
Nice ride - closed during the winter months !

Thank Bob S
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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.

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