Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive

MODERATE 33 reviews

Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive is a 50.7 mile point-to-point trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for scenic driving and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
50.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6,538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

scenic driving

forest

lake

views

wildlife

3 months ago

beautiful drive with many hikes ranging from easy to difficult. even if you do not hike, this is one of the most beautiful drives!

5 months ago

Beautiful!

scenic driving
6 months ago

Stunning views from start to finish.

6 months ago

Such a pretty view!! Lots of stops on the way up with beautiful views

hiking
6 months ago

We visited Alaska from Michigan for a week. We laugh because when something says "scenic drive" we're like: "Where isn't it a scenic drive?". Everywhere was so beautiful and Hatcher's Pass was no exception!

scenic driving
7 months ago

Love this spot. Still too much snow to hike the pass but we did enjoy the drive.

hiking
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautiful winter hike up to Summit Lake. Used crampons. Lot of people skiing and snowshoeing. Can’t wait to snowmobile

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Very nice scenic drive.

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

Absolutely beautiful!

scenic driving
Monday, August 07, 2017

Amazing drive, views were incredible. Wish I had a little more time up there, I would have checked out a few trails near the lake. You won't be disappointed.

scenic driving
Saturday, June 10, 2017

We took a detour from our drive down to Anchorage, and made this scenic drive. The views of forests, mountains, and creeks are stunning. There are hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting venues all along this drive.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Drove through over spring break up- just as stunning!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

love it for a nice easy day.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

beautiful drive, scenic walk and hikes. did it multiple times 2013 thru 2015.

Friday, September 16, 2016

great day drive with several spots to stop and do little hikes!!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

Absolutely beautiful, nice gradual incline

hiking
Monday, August 15, 2016

The road getting to the trail is compact dirt, fairly steep, and full of switchbacks. Once you get to the summit (about 3.8k feet above sea level) you can hike the rest of the way up to the peak of the mountain. It's a little challenging towards the top but the absolutely breath taking views are worth it.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Want incline, scenic views and lots of trail options? Then Hatcher Pass, AK is the perfect place.

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

absolutely love this area. It's close to home and yet far enough away. The views are breath taking all year long. You can take your time and take in the view. Well worth your time and energy. My dog loves it year round too. Great place to let your dog run and just play.

hiking
Saturday, August 06, 2016

I Really don't know how to rate this. I gave this a 4 star because it was such beautiful scenery once I made it to the top and saw the pond up there. I am over weight and a disabled vet so I did get anxious about the look down because it was in the open. The trail was a dirt path, a little muddy in a few areas and rocks. I saw 8 and 10 year olds going up/down with no problems and so I muscled through my fear and pain. I felt accomplished so that's also in my rating but I can't really give an accurate difficulty level. We had less than an hour to make it up and down because they lock the gate. It was ok for our group because we had a skilled hiker who hustled down, moved the car so I didn't have to rush down.

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sooo pretty and soo much to see

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

scenic driving
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7 months ago

snowshoeing
Monday, January 01, 2018

hiking
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

hiking
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