Hatcher Pass Photo Gallery
A collection of images from all seasons of the beautiful Hatcher Pass and surrounding area
by Cecil SandersHatcher Pass is an amazing place. The mountains are worthy of a simple evening drive. The many trails have so much flora and fauna waiting to be discovered. The abandoned gold mines are full of history to learn about. It's a place that is easy to fall in love with and for those who've never been—the following photo gallery is sure to inspire a visit.
The Little Susitna River flows over and around a field of boulders descending into a small canyon
Mt. Hunter in the Alaska Range as seen from Hatcher Pass
The old Gold Bullion Cabin
Lupine in bloom near the headwaters of the Little Susitna River
The Mint Hut sits below Mint Glacier on the Gold Mint Trail. Read more here: "Gold Mint Trail"
Skiing in a winter wonderland near Independence Mine
Tracks leading out of a mine
Independence Mine beneath the aurora in mid-winter
Talkeetna Range beneath the milky way and a faint aurora display
Lupine blooming in Hatcher Pass
Hatcher Pass Lodge in late autumn with snow creeping down the Talkeetna Range
A least weasel poses on top of a rock near the Gold Cord Lake trail
Aurora explodes overhead in late September along the banks of the Little Susitna River
The historic sod Lynch Cabin below Gold Cord Lake in Hatcher Pass
The sun setting behind the Talkeetna Range with Fishhook Creek descending toward the Little Susitna River
Archangel Valley after an early snow
Aurora above Palmer from Hatcher Pass
The Little Susitna River in early autumn
Arctic cotton grass along a beaver dam in Archangel Valley
Independence Mine with termination dust
Large pools of clear water along the Reed Lakes Trail
A hoary marmot closely watching hikers
Purple flowers covering the mossy ground
Fireweed blossoming with snow on the peaks in Hatcher Pass
Baby birds waiting for a meal
I like it so much I retired here ten years ago back before they straightened Trunk Rd. Lots of new high mes out here now. Feels like a ski resort town since the slopes opened. Going snow machining today and ski this weekend.
Love that place back in 75 thru 82 every new years for 3 nights we had that lodge and the out bldgs my dad was friends with Hap Wurlitzer that owned it the best new years eves of my life those years!
Thanks for sharing. Its really informative.
We lived in Anchorage for 26 years, and I got to see a good share of this unique state. Hatcher Pass is indeed a very scenic adventure. But I would also nominate a few others as well. The road into Denali Park would probably top my list. The drive down the Kenai Peninsula is also quite breath taking. I also very much enjoyed the many cruses I took in Prince William Sound, especially out of Whittier. There is a “muy buena vista” on just about every hy-way and by-way that you take in the beautiful state.
I spent many days by myself there when I was a junior at East High in Anchorage. My folks had just moved to Anchorage from Oregon, and in the mid 70’s, it was just amazing. No many people, no mining on the lower part of the Little Su, Kings and Dolly Varden galore, occasionally a moose and once a bear, the roadhouse/restaurant at the bottom of the hill. I loved it there.
Hello! You sound like an expert, and I have been doing a lot of research on the best hike to do up the Hatcher’s pass if we don’t have a lot of time. Would you recommend Gold Cord trail or April Bowl? They are both about the same distance.
You won’t go wrong with either one!
Absolutely love Hatchers pass! Had to go twice. The views are amazing.
This is where my ashes will be spread when the times comes. MANY years from now (hopefully) . .
Visited here in June 2015. It truly is a wonderful place. Must return, but it is a long way from New Zealand
one of my favorite places in AK!
Wonderful photography of one of my favorite places – I visit, and keep revisiting!
You are welcome. Glad you enjoy it!
I am trying to think of a place in Alaska I enjoy more than Hatcher Pass… … still thinking…
Yes, HP is an amazing place!
This is where I live! Can’t imagine living anywhere else!
thanks for the wonderful refresher of your splendid wedding there in 2001.
i remember so many beautiful scenes. What a perfect day.
Thank you, lovely…my three children each had a rep from their respective families in the Hatcher Pass Marathon this year; such a thrill!
I miss Hatcher Pass. I was born in Anchorage but raised in Palmer. We lived in Palmer but mom chose to go to Anchorage. Hatcher Pass was like my backyard. Hiking in the summer and sledding in the winter.
When my husband and I retired we sold our home to be close to our grandsons. I try to get back home when possible.
This is one of my most favorite spots. When I lived in Alaska I went all the time by myself once I learned how to drive. I really miss it.