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Hatcher Pass East Management Area

General Information

Address:

Hatcher Pass Road
Willow, AK 99688

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GPS Coordinates:

°61.737948 °-149.237423

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Phone:

907-269-8400

Park Website:

dnr.alaska.gov

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ToursSnow ShoeingSnow MobilingSnow BoardingSleddingSkiingRVsOvernight StaysHorseback RidingHikingGold PanningCross Country SkiingCampsitesCampingBikingBerry Picking

Size:

75,000 Acres

Overview:

Equidistance from the cities of Palmer and Wasilla, and a mere hour and 20 minutes from Anchorage, Hatcher Pass East Management Area is easily accessed despite its mountainous terrain. The Talkeetna Mountain Range offers visitors a hiking opportunities whilst providing site seers with extraordinary views of the beautiful mountain scenery. In addition to hiking and climbing Hatch Pass offers various other recreational activities including horseback riding, gold panning, berry picking, skiing, snowboarding and many other winter sports.

Note: Only Palmer-Fishhook Road from Palmer side to Independence Mine State Historical Park is paved. Except for the last mile to Independence Mine in the winter, this road is open year-round. Four-wheel-drive is strongly encouraged during the winter. Use of RVs or other large vehicles is not recommended.

Additional Info:

Government Peak Campground and Picnic Area: This campground offers visitors both daytime activities such as picnicking as well as overnight stays, making it an ideal stop for a day or weekend of quiet relaxation.

To access the campground and picnic area, take the George Parks Highway north to Hatcher Pass Road. Turn right. the campground is at mile 11.

Independence Mine State Historical Park: Get your shovels ready and pan for gold as you learn the history behind one of Alaska's largest gold mining camps. At the assay's office, get a glimpse of informative displays and details on mining techniques.

The Historical Park is located on mile 17.3 Hatcher Pass Road. Visit the park by taking the Glenn Highway. Turn left onto Hatcher Pass road and then right onto North Gold Cord Road.

Fees, permits, and reservations may apply.

Hatcher Pass East Management Area

Hatcher Pass East Management Area

Martin Mill Trail

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.1 miles


Mill Loop Reroute

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.1 miles


Assay Spur Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.2 miles


Independence Mine Camp Interpretive Trail

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

Yes


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.7 miles


Mill Loop Trail

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.7 miles


Hard Rock Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

0.8 miles


Winter Maintenance Trail

Usage:

Snowmobiling


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

1.2 miles


Gold Cord Lake Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

1.7 miles


Winter Snowmachine Trail

Usage:

Snowmobiling


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

1.9 miles


Mile 16 Ski Run Trail

Usage:

Hiking, Cross-country Skiing


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

2 miles


Rae-Wallace Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

2.1 miles


April Bowl Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

2.3 miles


Marmot Mountain Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

2.6 miles


Arch Prospect Trail

Usage:

Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

3.1 miles


Reed Lakes Trail

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

8.8 miles


Gold Mint Trail

Usage:

Biking, Hiking


Difficulty:

N/A


Accessible:

No


Blaze:

N/A


Distance:

15.6 miles


Gold Mint Trailhead is located in the Hatcher Pass East Management Area at Mile 14 Hatcher Pass Road.

Tours

Tours

Snow Shoeing

Snow Shoeing

Snow Mobiling

Snow Mobiling

Snow Boarding

Snow Boarding

Sledding

Sledding

Skiing

Skiing

RVs

RVs

Overnight Stays

Overnight Stays

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Hiking

Hiking

Gold Panning

Gold Panning

Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country Skiing

Campsites

Campsites

Camping

Camping

Biking

Biking

Berry Picking

Berry Picking