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.