Hatcher Pass Road

5/5 (5 reviews)
Willow, Alaska (Matanuska-Susitna County)
Last Updated: 10/05/2020
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Highlights

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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Trail Reviews

5/5 (5 reviews)
Status: 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
Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: Seasonal Closure
Rated 5/5
Visited: 10/05/2020

Due to significant snow fall, the pass is now closed.
Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: 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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Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 10/30/2019

I drove up to see some snow and I wasn't disappointed! The gate is locked and back-country skiers were trudging up the road to get a few turns in on the way down again. The pass (and gate) will typically open late June or early July. Cross country skiers have been skiing just up the road at the lower parking lot skiing up and around the old Independence Mine as well.
Trail Review: Hatcher Pass Road - Kyle Todd
Trail Review: Hatcher Pass Road - Kyle Todd
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Kyle Todd
Official Crew
5250
Status: Seasonal Closure
Visited: 09/26/2019

Hatcher Pass Road is now seasonally closed for the winter. Typically Hatcher Pass is opened by the 4th of July weekend once ample snow has melted.

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