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Best trails in Hatcher Pass East Management Area

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Explore the most popular trails in Hatcher Pass East Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Hatcher Pass East Management Area
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Acreage:
75000 acres
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Top trails (4)
#1 - April Bowl Trail
Hatcher Pass East Management Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
This is a consistently steep and scenic trail up to a set of glacial lakes. The trail gets rocky as you traverse up along the ridge to the first peak with great views of the lakes below as well as wilShow more
#2 - Gold Mint Trail
Hatcher Pass East Management Area
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Length: 13.4 mi • Est. 6 h 50 m
Following the west bank of the Little Susitna River to its source in the Mint Glacier Valley, the Gold Mint Trail is relatively easy, but steepens into a glacier-rimmed valley toward the end. Show more
#3 - Fishook Trail (Marmot Mountain)
Hatcher Pass East Management Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
Fishook Trail (Marmot Mountain) is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#4 - Gold Mint Trail: Short Version
Hatcher Pass East Management Area
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 3 h
Gold Mint Trail: Short Version is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily uShow more