Hatcher Pass

Located near Palmer, Hatcher Pass is accessible by the Glenn Highway from the east or the Parks Highway to the west via the scenic Fishhook Road. The 49-mile loop road to the pass is lined with rugged mountains, rushing streams and cliffside views. In summer, go mountain biking, hiking or horseback riding to explore the many nearby trails winding through mountains and along the Little Susitna River. Take advantage of long summer days to stroll through wildflower fields, go berry picking and watch paragliders soar through the sky. In the winter, shred through backcountry powder skiing, sledding or snowmobiling.

As the seasons change, watch the migratory birds like falcons, golden eagles and songbirds return home. Travel back in time to the Alaska Gold Rush at Independence Mine State Historical Park, located at mile 18 of Hatcher Pass. Once the country’s largest gold-producing mine and now a state historical park, the abandoned mine’s beauty provides insight into the once-booming industry. Relax at the many rustic bed and breakfasts in the area, or strike it rich on a gold-panning adventure.


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