Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains, spectacular in all seasons, a
favorite all season outdoor playground in southcentral Alaska.
of places for summer hikes abound with a few highlighted here.
comes late in the Pass, even after wildflowers have finished blooming
on the valley floor, many alpine
wildflowers are still blooming. A historical view of gold
mining in the Talkeetnas can be had touring the Independence Mine
Historical Park. Or for those who don't mind a short but steep
hill climb, there's no better scenery then at Gold
Cord Lake. Or park next to Summit Lake and walk the short
distance to the ridge behind it for a spectacular view to the
Susitna Valley or Autumn
colors sprayed across the mountain slopes.
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to Hatcher Pass (Alaska):
Directions: From Palmer, drive north on the Glenn Highway,
turn left on (Palmer) Fishhook Road. From Wasilla, heading west
on the Parks Highway, turn right on Wasilla Fishhook Rd. (Knik
Rd. is to the left).
of Parking: At the beginning of 2005 Alaska State Parks started
charging to park most places along the Hatcher Pass Rd from above
the Little Susitna River (bridge) to Independence Mine State Park,
including Gold Mint Trail trailhead, the pull-out at the turn
to Archangel Rd, the parking area at Hatcher Pass Lodge (about
one mile below Independence Mine), and of course at Independence
Mine. Parking costs $5 per day or State Parks sells annual passes
for $40. If you buy a second State Park's annual parking pass
at the same time the total cost is $60. See the Alaska
State Parks web site for more information. In Mat-Su the State
Parks office is located at Mile .7 Bogard Rd. (turn north on Trunk
Rd from the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy, then left - towards Wasilla -
on Bogard. There's a State Parks sign on the left in less than