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.
Driving up to the Willow side of Hatchers Pass is relatively easy with most of the journey on the Alaska and Parks Highways. Once in Willow drive 14.6 miles up Willow Fishook Road be aware there are 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.
Snowmachining in the Chugach National Forest, Chugach Range and Talkeetna Mountains is under special permit and provides excitement and challenges whether its your first time or you are an experienced snowmobile rider.
The machines were in pretty decent shape and held up to our novice driving. In addition, Andy was very patient as we crashed a few times! The booking process was easy and Andy did good job communicating info to us before we arrived. Overall, a great experience and would do again!