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Hatcher Pass

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Other Names

Purches Creek, Peters Creek, Bullion Mountain, Dogsled Pass, Willow Creek, Skyscraper Mountain, Little Sustina River, Reed Creek, Talkeetna Mountains

Last Known StatusOpen

Located near Wasilla, Alaska, this large area offers many miles of 4x4 loops. The area is generally open for riding around July but exact dates vary. The trails are usually very muddy and rarely dry out. The area is well known for its scenic forest and excellent mountain views.

Camping is permitted but is primitive so come prepared.

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Permit Required
Dates OpenYear-Round
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthNo Restriction
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Permitted
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingNo Restriction(camp anywhere)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedstay on trail
Rule Enforcement


Approx Size300,000 acres (469 sq mi)
Climate TypeForest
Elevation1000 to 6000 ft.
Trail MaintenanceUnknown
Loose DirtThis trail has some loose dirt.Some
Hard PackThe trail has little hard pack terrain.Little
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has mostly mud after it rains.Mostly
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has many trees.Many
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Single TrackThis vacant land has no single track trails.None
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has some expert terrain.Some


AreaMotorized Trails
LandDepartment of Natural Resources


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (W)Townsite Food Mart (907) 495-4545
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (W)Townsite Food Mart (907) 495-4545
Potable Water Water5-20 Miles (E)Gold Mint Campground (907) 745-3975
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (S)Alaskan Trails RV & Camper Park (907) 376-5504
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (S)Alaskan Trails RV & Camper Park (907) 376-5504
Primitive Camping Campground5-20 Miles (E)Gold Mint Campground (907) 745-3975
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (W)Townsite Food Mart (907) 495-4545




Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
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Nearest CityWillow, AK
AddressWillow Fishhook Road, Willow, AK 99688
Go Back To Alaska List
Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Wasilla, AK
1) Take SR-3 West about 30 miles
2) Turn right (east) onto Fishhook Willow Road, continue about 15 miles
3) Cross the bridge, continue about 4 miles
4) Staging area is on the right (south).


Contact InfoAlaska DNR - Southcentral Regional Land Office
550 W. 7th Ave, Suite 1260
Anchorage, AK 99501-3557
(907) 269-8508
(907) 269-8552


Hatcher Pass Trail Photo

Hatcher Pass Trail

Photo Submitted 8/28/2014 (Thanks!)

Hatcher Pass Trail Photo

Hatcher Pass Trail

Photo Submitted 3/7/2015 (Thanks!)

Hatcher Pass Trail Photo

Hatcher Pass Trail

Photo Submitted 9/28/2015 (Thanks!)

Hatcher Pass Trail Photo

Hatcher Pass Trail

Photo Submitted 9/4/2018 (Thanks!)

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