Hatcher Pass Snowmobiling
Price: $260 – $275
Duration: 3.5 hours
Location: Willow side of Hatcher Pass 90 miles north west of Anchorage, 14.6 miles up Willow Fishhook Road from Willow.
Winter Season: Nov 25th, 2016 thru March 2017
Activity Miles: 25
Ride in Alaska’s Matanuska-Susitna Valley on your own snowmobile into the remarkable peaks of Hatcher Pass near Willow. Alaska’s winter wonderland unfolds when you give the throttle a squeeze and experience its snowmobiling backcountry first hand. Instruction on snowmobile riding techniques adds to the snowmachining experience. When conditions permit freeride and learn carving in a powder field up Craigie Creek Valley.
Trips meet at a roadside pullout 14.6 miles up Alaska State maintained Willow Fishhook Road from Willow and venture up into the Mountain Valleys of Craigie Creek and Dogsled Pass. This iron dog trail ride is great for all ability levels starting with 5 miles of flat road trail along Willow Creek in the lower lands where Moose wander in spruce forests and willow bushes. Climbing our way out of the valley brings us to Grubstake Mine a placer gold operation before a big switchback access’s the 3000 foot elevation Craigie Creek. Occasionally if conditions permit we ride into Upper Willow Creek Valley.
Hatcher Pass is known for great early season snow, riding at elevation, jagged peaks, treeless views and mining history.
Trailhead Price: $260 single rider ($275 starting Jan 1st) 15+ years** Meets at trail head at 11 AM Allow 4 hours
Anchorage Roundtrip* Mid/Downtown Hotels: $380 single rider ($395 starting Jan 1st) 15+ years** 8:30 AM Allow 8 hours
Driving up to the Willow side of Hatchers Pass is relatively easy with most of the journey on Alaskan and Parks Highways. Once in Willow the drive 14.6 miles up Willow Fishook road does take more care and attention with several hills and a few sharp corners. Front wheel, all wheel and 4 wheel drive vehicles with good all season or winter tires are recommended.
All Alaska Snowmachine Tours:
* Roundtrip tours must be booked in advance and are not always available
** Adults must accompany riders 15-17 years old on tours.
Passengers and youth aged 10-14 yrs receive a $70 discount (see Book Now button) however we have limited availability of 2 up (rider + passenger) machines and departures for 2 up tours. Bring warm layers, wool sox, small cameras, hats and gloves, sunglasses and sense of adventure. Our snowmobiles are mostly 500, 600 and 700cc liquid cooled mountain and cross-country models with 2 ups being 570 fan cooled. Snowmobiling is inherently dangerous, participants are required to sign a Release of Liability and Indemnity Form. We have outerwear including snow bibs, jackets, boots and helmets. Please provide sizing info when booking online to supplement your outdoor gear requirements. Alaska Snowmobile Tours is a division of Alaska Backcountry Access LLC.