Hatcher Pass Scenic Drive

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Palmer, Alaska

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 nature trips and scenic driving and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length50.7 miElevation gain6,538 ftRoute typePoint to point
dog friendlyNature tripsScenic drivingForestLakePavedViewsWildlife
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Note: Portions of this scenic drive, over the Hatcher Pass summit is generally only open from July 1 through September 15- be sure to check closure information at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpass.htm

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paul kizen
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SnowshoeingSnow

road closed in winter we used snowshoes started at Hatcher pass lodge also closed and hiked up to pass just short of lake. 2 hrs round trip. Beautiful views. Check avalanche risk before you go

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Alex Shelton
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Scenic driving

Absolutely beautiful drive, with great hikes along the way. Mountains in all directions. April Bowl Trail is a must do.

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Leslie Gonsette
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Walking

Beautiful at Hatchers! On the way to Willow it is not very scenic when it gets flat.

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K M
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Hiking

Beautiful drive up to Independence Mine and lots of trails to explore around there.

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Heather Stewart
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Amazing views and lots of trails to explore. We loved it.

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Robert Soto
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OHV/Off-road driving

Thought I could do this on a 4 wheeler but this is restricted to car only...

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Bailee Bayer
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Hiking

This was a lot of fun today (June 27, 2020) to do with friends. Brought a packed lunch so we walked to some fun rocks to eat at and drove through a good part of it, getting out some.

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Aaron Ashton
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Hiking

Fantastic views of the pass. The lake at the top is beautiful and marked the end of a wonderful drive for us!

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Mike Johnson
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OHV/Off-road drivingOff trail

Highly recommend in the fall - colors are incredibly vibrant, temps in the 50s/60s, and the off-roading is fun and manageable. Lots to explore and lots to offer.

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Celina Gifford
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Hiking

What a beautiful place to explore! So many different routes to choose from. The scenery is so breathtaking!

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RJ S
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Hiking

Was open on 6/24/19. Heard the road opened last week.

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Tyler Vose
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HikingOff trail
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Jeremy Crawford
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Scenic drivingClosedSnow

I drove about half of Hatcher’s Pass. It is still closed due to snow. You can drive has far as Independence before you have to park or turn around. I did hike around but didn’t venture far as you need snow shoes. It is absolutely gorgeous with stunning views.

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

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Alaska Trekking
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Beautiful!

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Jeff Camacho
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Scenic driving

Stunning views from start to finish.

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

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Nicole Helcher
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Hiking

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!

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Elizabeth McNair
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Scenic driving

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

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beth hendrickson
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Hiking

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

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Uyen Nguyen
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Very nice scenic drive.

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Chelsie Elizabeth
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful!

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Benjamin Ashmead
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Scenic driving

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.

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Daniel Mitchell
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Scenic driving

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.

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Briana Swanson
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Drove through over spring break up- just as stunning!

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Alexis Robbins
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love it for a nice easy day.

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

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Jeff Clark
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful, nice gradual incline

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Steven Stone
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Hiking

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.

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