Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
Alaska Trip Info/Hatcher Pass Road
My two riding buddies and I just did the Hatcher Pass ride from the Palmer side to the Willow side. Hatcher Pass doesn't normally open up until very late June or early July due to the huge quantity of snow up there--usually at least 30 feet of the white stuff!! :jaw drop: Anyway, the road can be a be a bit dicey until the Hwy Dept. can get up there and grade it to some semblance of decency. I found that the Palmer side of the pass was dry all the way up, however it was pretty rough in places, very washboardy with a bit of coarse loose gravel. Over the top and down into the next valley, it was pretty much dry, but interesting in a couple of the switchback curves. Getting further along toward Willow, they have recently graded the road fairly smooth and applied a layer of sandy fine gravel. Where it was dry, it was great, but there was about 3--4 miles of muddy, soupy road where the water truck had recently been. Where it dried out, like I said, it was good. In fact, it was all good, if a bit rough in a few places, all the way out to the pavement.
Just thought I'd pass this along for the benefit of anyone coming up here that wants to do Hatcher Pass as one of their Alaska side trips. In all, it was a good ride, and I recommend it. Very little traffic in the middle of the week, by the way. Weekends it's crawling with people. And at the top you can stop and watch the parasail folks play with the wind.