Hatcher Pass Road

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5/5 (7 reviews)
Willow, Alaska (Matanuska-Susitna County)
Last Updated: 09/20/2023
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Hatcher Pass is considered to be one of the top ten scenic drives in Alaska. Situated in the Talkeetna Mountains there is a tremendous amount of mining history that includes the Independence Mine and dozens of other mines, some still active today. If you are looking for a gnarly offroad trail this is not what you are looking for but it might get you to Purches Trail, Craigie Creek Road, a winter snowmachine playground, a summer hiking trail, an off-grid camping spot (more details in camping section), ski, snowboard, biking, sledding, or other adventure. This road is very tame and a scenic route. If you are just visiting Alaska and left your rig at home, this road is suitable for any rental car.

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5/5 (7)
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Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/20/2023

DOT just closed the pass for the winter. :(
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Open
Visited: 06/20/2023

DOT is finishing the plowing and the pass is open!!
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Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 09/09/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

Drove from Willow to Palmer. Easy trail. Drove on the last day the trail was open. Watch for ATVs on the road
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Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/05/2020

Due to significant snow fall, the pass is now closed.
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Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 06/20/2020

The pass is open, the pass is open!! The snow clearing crews put in some work and opened the pass ahead of typical timing. We took the opportunity to hike Gold Mint Trail and drive the pass. A great time was had.
Trail Review: Hatcher Pass Road - Kyle Todd
Trail Review: Hatcher Pass Road - Kyle Todd
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