Hatcher Pass

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 61 ° 46' 11" N, 149 ° 18' 32" W
  • Region: Matanuska-Susitna
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  • Elevation: 3822 ft (1164.95 m)


Getting There
From Palmer take Glenn Highway to Milepost 49.5, turn left onto Palmer-Fishhook Road. Stay on that and it will lead to Hatcher Pass. Before getting to the lodge near the end of the pavement, there is a turn to the left continuing to Hatcher Pass, it is a dirt road. Take that and continue to Hatcher Pass.

at S end of Skyscraper Mtn., NE of Summit Lake, 13 mi. NW of Palmer, Talkeetna Mts.
Hatcher Pass is a popular destination for hiking, climbing, and skiing for those located in Anchorage and the MatSu Valley. Its easy access to the alpine and rich history make it a little gem tucked in the mountains.


Hikes in Hatcher Pass include; Gold Mint Trail, Reed Lakes Trail, Gold Cord Lake Trail, April Bowl Trail/Hatch Peak, Marmot Mountain/Fishhook Trailhead, Independence Mine walk, Summit Lake Trail, and many more places open to exploration.

Local name reported in 1951 by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
Hatcher Pass is rich in gold mining history. Many old buildings of Independence Mine are still standing and other mining buildings in the area have fallen over time and lay in ruins.


Pictures of, from, or near Hatcher Pass.


  • Fantastic destination year round
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    Hatcher Pass us an incredible place to visit year round. Wintertime offers phenomenon backcountry skiing, and is lucky enough to have a weekly avalanche report. Classic cross country and skate ski trails are regularly groomed, and there is plenty of safe terrain for snow shoring. The ski club even grooms a free public sledding hill. With such quick access from Palmer, this is a perfect place to enjoy the outdoors.

    Jack Fry
    Jack Fry
    April 13, 2018

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