The 215,000 acre Hatcher Pass Management Area primarily consist of mountainous terrain in the Talkeetna Mountain Range that climb from the 1000 ft. valley floor to summits higher than 6,000 ft. The area includes more than 30 prominent summits and associated glaciers. It can be accessed entirely on paved roads and is only and hour and 20 minutes away from Anchorage, and 20 minutes from either Palmer and Wasllla. The Palmer Fishhook road north of Palmer from Mile 49.5 Glenn Highway leads to the east side of Hatcher Pass while the Willow Fishhook Road off the Parks Highway leads to the west entrance. Hatcher Pass offers access to extraordinary mountaineering terrain, beautiful mountain scenery, gold panning, berry picking, hiking, biking and horseback riding in the summer. It also offers mountain skiing, snow boarding, sledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling in the winter. Hatcher Pass has a rich history of gold prospecting, claims and active mining, and includes Independence Mine State Historical Park. Hatcher Pass Road Conditions: Please note that only the Palmer-Fishhook Road from the Palmer side to Independence Mine State Historical Park is paved. This road is open year-round except for the last mile to Independnece Mine in winter months. Four-wheel-drive is recommended in winter months. The Hatcher Pass Road from Mile 17.5 to Mile 32.5 is a rough, gravel, narrow and steep road that is not maintained in the winter (closed) In the summer, the road is open but expect slow passage. Use of RV's or large vehicles in not recommended.

One of my yearlong favorite trails. Great for families. Easy hike in the spring , summer, and fall. Great for cross country skiing once the snow falls.

hiking
16 days ago

This hike offers some really spectacular views, and from a hike that is fairly easy and accessible and with a good quality trail. There were some muddy patches and a few icy bits in the shaded areas, but overall the trail was excellent. When I was there it was a very clear day and you could easily see Denali a hundred miles away; Mount Redoubt was even visible at nearly 150 miles distant! This was one of the best hikes I’ve seen for how much you can see versus how relatively easy it is to get to. This isn’t a well-kept secret, though, so expect crowds—especially on the lower half of the trail.

hiking
18 days ago

Enjoyed a nice walk up the trail today. The incline is pretty gentle and was pretty easy for my 10yr old. We didn't make it to the end of the trail, stopped just above the lakes. Amazing views as far as the eye can see. Only bother was the amount of unleashed dogs on the trail. Please leash your four legged friend on the trail. Even if yours is super friendly, others might not be.

On a clear day you might catch a view of Denali and Foraker if you're lucky! the ridge line views are just beautiful. it took us two and a half hours there and back.

great easy hike

Dirt trail straight up the mountain. Slipped and fell 4 times on the way down. Don't do this trail during or after rain, it will be a slip n slide. I did it dry and it was bad enough. Should have been listed as moderate rather than easy in my opinion, but I kind of knew what I was getting into since I had looked at the topo map. Nice view from the top however. It's 1 mile to the first peak and 0.5 miles from there to the second peak.

Amazing once you get through the crowd of people at the beginning picking berries. Pretty steep all the way up. Once at the top, the trail continues along the ridge where you can see everything!

Really enjoyed this trail. I’m not sure what I was thinking it would be like, maybe more rolling into a bowl or a valley but it’s a climb up to the top of hatch peak. The first half up until the lake easily switchbacks and then after it gets harder but still not overly difficult. There is some rock scrambling, watch your step. The views from the top are 360 degrees in every direction you look, just beautiful! It took us 2 hours 33 mins We stopped for lots of pictures! Would do again and would recommend to others!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! My first real hike in a little long time (nope not saying how long). My avid hiker girlfriend and I settled for a total of 6.2 miles. I know she was wanting to do more, but I was thinking I still need to hike back so we turned around. Sure felt good to sit in our truck! No so much getting out of it. Lol. First of many beautiful hikes in Alaska for us!! Well groomed trail!

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful and spectacular views from all angles. Definitely a place to take out of town guests.

Ranks as one of the steepest hikes that I’ve been on. Too bad the cloud ceiling was so low that I couldn’t see anything. I’m guessing that the views would have been outstanding.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike with amazing views. Very busy trail on the first part to the lakes and snow, but once you start up the steeper/rocky part you get much more solitude. Took the trek down the opposite side which cut the time/distance at least in half! Don't think you could pick your way "up" this way though, it's all rocky/boulders, but it's definitely an alternate way back down rather than going back down the same way you went up.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views and fair balance of easy walking and challenging incline towards the top. The view you get of the matsu valley and bowl are absolutely stunning.

2 months ago

Almost die. do not do this hike.

skiing
2 months ago

My mom and I cross country ski on the trail every winter. It’s very easy and long which makes for a good workout. The parking is nice and spacious.

Very pretty and scenic! I loved hiking this trail because it was fairly short and very rewarding.

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike. Lakes along the way. We didn’t make it all the way, but did 6 miles and the kids loved it. Steady traffic. We didn’t see any wildlife, but I would always recommend being prepared for it. Beautiful views. Minimal mosquitoes. Trail was mostly dry.Some mud spots and some spots where you had to cross small portions of water flowing over, still easy for kids with no adult assistance.

Love it that you can see the whole trail, great for those that dont want to run into moose or bear. Beautiful views and can be extended to follow the ridgeline down the other side, if desired!

hiking
2 months ago

Incredible views! Definitely one of my favorite hikes! People were still even sledding down the mountain on July 13, 2018!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views, easy to navigate. July 21, 2018.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful alpine vistas. Well deliniated trail. Was pretty windy along the top 1/3 of the trail. We went on Friday the 13th and managed to avoid mishaps.

Enjoyed the hike but turned around about mile 4.5. The trail was very muddy and mucky. The other hiker did not have waterproof boots on.

Regardless, the scenery was lovely and the weather was perfect.

backpacking
3 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Several stopping points along the way or go to the top to enjoy the views. We love glissading so this is a fun hike in early July.

hiking
4 months ago

Love this hike in the late summer/early fall. Incredible views.

6-8-2018 attempted to get back to the hut. muddy, snowy and wet after mile 3. made it to mile 6 when I decided to turn around due to an abundance of snow and flowing streams under the snow. will reattempt when it dries out a bit!

hiking
4 months ago

Went with 5 kids ages 2-18. Teens loved it, little kids rode most of the way. Only made it in about 2 miles before it was too muddy to go on. Dog enjoyed it but it was a bit too much for his 5 month old legs. Would love to do it again when there’s less mud.

on Gold Mint Trail

5 months ago

one of my favorites! If I ever want to go on a hike and I'm not sure what I want to do, this is where I go. I don't think I've ever hiked more than 10 miles around trip, so I've never made it to the end, but some day I will!

hiking
5 months ago

I used to go snowshoeing on this trail all the time, back when the Mother Lode was nearby. The summer is also gorgeous but can be muddy with mosquitoes

on April Bowl Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked up and skied down in Late September. No snowpack and lots of core shots, wouldn’t recommend doing it that early.

hiking
6 months ago

We went about 2 miles out and came back. The pup isn’t ready for an all day hike yet but it was peaceful. Bring sunscreen, with snow on the ground there wasn’t much shade. Would love to go back when all the snow melts.

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