Hatcher Pass Snowmobiling
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: Lucky Shot Gold Mine operations will limit snowmobiling availability Winter 2017 – 2018, text us at 907 783 3600 for latest conditions. Typical Season runs November 25th 2017 to April 15th 2018.
Alternatively try our Monument Mountain Snowmachining which runs November till April.
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: $275 single rider 15+ years** Meets at trail head at 11 AM Allow 4 hours
Anchorage Roundtrip has limited availability from Mid/Downtown Hotels: $395 per rider 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 Alaska and Parks Highways. Once in Willow the drive 14.6 miles up Willow Fishook Road does take care and attention with several hills and a few sharp corners. All wheel drive ( AWD ) and four wheel drive ( 4×4 ) rental vehicles with good all season or winter tires are recommended.
All Alaska Snowmachine Tours:
** Adults must accompany riders 15-17 years old.
Passengers and youth aged 10-12 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 600 and 900cc 4 stroke and 2 stroke expedition and cross country models. 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.