Hatcher Pass?

Discussion in 'Alaska' started by HayDuchessLives, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. HayDuchessLives

    HayDuchessLives Loquita

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    Is Hatcher Pass road open? I heard it was open, but I don't really trust the source. I know they were still grooming ski trails through mid May as they got a lot of snow back there. I've tried looking the information up online in various places and couldn't find an official opening date.
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  2. marbee40

    marbee40 Some Fear is Good

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    As of last Thursday 6/14, no. Brought a few visitors up for the view and you could see the upper road was still choked with significant amounts of snow.

    Happy trails!
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  3. HayDuchessLives

    HayDuchessLives Loquita

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    Thanks for the update. I was pretty sure it would still be closed. I wonder if I could still ski up there.... :lol3
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  4. Logpile

    Logpile Mr.V- or Drz

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    Hatcher was still closed on Sat :(
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  5. Av8rPaul

    Av8rPaul Have bike will travel

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    I get back home from Atlanta tomorrow and will be riding up there Saturday on the big Katoom to take a look.
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  6. BlueRider

    BlueRider Stromin' Alaska

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    Hatcher Pass is a go. The usual cautions inplace, soft spots, fresh pea gravel here and there, and lots of atv campers on the Willow side.
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  7. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    Just rode it on Sunday from the Willow side on a 1200GS without knobbies...no problem and what a great ride. The chalet at the top is a cool place to stop for a break and some food and the pavement descending from there is a lot of fun too.
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  8. schlapster

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    Went up today, going again tomorrow. Meeting scooter336 at Jitters @ 9AM. Anyone tagging along?:ear
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  9. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Meeting AKlizard at Fred Meyer in Palmer around 10am before hitting Hatcher Pass in the morning. So you may see a KLR and a Silver Triumph Tiger along the way.
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  10. scooter336

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    Didn't see y'all on the way through, but it was an awesome ride. :D It was my first time through, and on my drz, I had so much fun. Will be doing it again pretty soon.
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  11. aklizzard

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    went thru on thursday with drunk-uncle :thumbup was good lots of campers it wood be good to go thru on a week nite no cages if any ones up 4 ride
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  12. mpenner

    mpenner Heavy Cruiser

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    It was closed on June 24 right at the entrance to the park (riding towards Palmer). This was one of my few disappointments during my time in Alaska. It was a great ride up until the point where we had to turn around.

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    This was the start of the road, not where it was actually closed. Why I did not take a picture of a gate blocking a road due to snow at the end of June is a question that I am still asking myself.
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  13. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    I do not understand why that sign is swung out into the road. It was still out like that on Saturday during the Hatcher Pass Race. The road is clearly open and the sign is very misleading. I rode it on Saturday and am leaving in 5 minutes to do it again. Not hard to understand why youi turned around, not knowing the situation, because the sign is pretty definite and strongly worded. Hope you have time to take another whack at it before you leave our fair state. It is a good ride.
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  14. EJ_92606

    EJ_92606 Rider

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    On June 24th when he was there the road was closed. It opened on the 1st I believe.
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  15. mpenner

    mpenner Heavy Cruiser

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    I did not turn around there. I am way too stupid and stubborn to let a little sign like that stop me. I rode for about 10 more miles to the entrance of Independence Mine State Park at which point there was a gate across the entire road and big rocks blocking the path around the gate. I thought about dragging the bike under the gate, but apparently I am not quite that stupid or stubborn.

    Here are my tracks from that day. It was a bit frustrating to get that close to Palmer and then have to turn around

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  16. Cubdriver

    Cubdriver Stampede Swimmer

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    Got it. Glad you kept going. You rode the best part of the road, IMHO. Today there were seemingly hundreds of church youth groups in Ford vans and not a single other biker. WTF
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  17. Lucky:)

    Lucky:) Been here awhile

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  18. Alaskahack

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    Picture was taken last Thursday evening

    Probably be open middle of next month

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    Same evening temp at top 49*
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  19. Lucky:)

    Lucky:) Been here awhile

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    WOW!
    Thanks for the update.

    From what point were the pictures taken?
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  20. Alaskahack

    Alaskahack Adventurer

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    Parking lot just before gate going up to the mine.
    A friend of mine said he almost got to the Lucky Shot coming in from Willow side. Day before yesterday.
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