Destination :: Hatcher Pass Management Area

  • Hatcher Pass: Foggy and partially snow-covered mountains rise up on all sides; part of Independence Mine is just visible

    Looking towards Independence Mine. September 2018. Image 1/3

  • Hatcher Pass: a fast-moving creek runs along the bottom of foggy, snow-covered mountains.

    Creek near Independence Mine. September 2018. Image 2/3

  • Hatcher Pass: Heavy clouds hang over mountains, with a view looking down a valley. Weathered buildings are visible.

    Hatcher Pass. September 2018. Image 3/3

Hatcher Pass Management Area contains 300,000 acres owned by multiple entities and managed by the State Park system, Division of Mining, Land and Water, and Matanuska Borough; some lands are also privately owned. Two state parks are located within the management area. Independence Mine State Historical Park and Summit Lake State Recreation Site.

Located about an hour and a half from Anchorage, Hatcher Pass is a popular year-round recreational destination.





Once or Twice is Enough

Fantastic views & plenty of recreational opportunities make this a fantastic day or half day trip.

Visits: 1 Visited: September 2018

Quick Statistics

300,000+ acres[1]
6,000+ feet
30+ miles marked hiking trails


  1. Unless otherwise indicated, information about the park and park history is from "Hatcher Pass," ADNR.


  • "Hatcher Pass Management Area." Parks. Alaska Division of Natural Resources. Accessed September 23, 2018. Link.