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.
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.