Hatcher Pass is a picturesque, 49-mile mountain pass located in Mat-Su Valley. It’s an ideal place for taking a camping vacation with one of our camper van rentals. You can easily spend a day or two in this scenic and historic location that was originally used by Alaskan gold miners in the early 1900s. At Amazing Accommodations Alaska, we recommend you stop by this landscape that is a treasure trove of striking mountain views and gorgeous hiking trails.
1. Gold Mint Trail
Gold Mint Trail is a 13.4-mile trail that follows the Little Susitna River for most of its length. Park your camper van and get ready for a day of hiking. Pack a picnic lunch and stop for your meal and a break at one of the many available picnic tables and fire pits. This trail is fairly easy until you get toward the end when you’ll begin a steep climb where you’ll discover breathtaking views over a glacier-rimmed valley.
2. Independence Gold Mine
This abandoned gold mine used to be one of Alaska’s top-producing mines until the onset of World War II. Now it’s a historical and natural resource attraction with a trail that is just about a half-mile long. It winds through relics and artifacts from its mining days in the early 1900s. Along the short trail, you’ll view the majestic Talkeetna Mountains and their remarkable lower valleys. During the winter season, many people enjoy skiing or snowshoeing on the trail.
3. Government Peak Trail
Government Peak Recreation Area features both summer and winter trails. Regardless of which time of year you visit, you’ll be able to experience the alluring beauty this trail has to offer. There are 4.5 miles of winter trails that are all well-lit. You can even rent gear like snowshoes or cross-country skis. During the summer, these trails are used by bikers and hikers. You won’t want to miss Government Peak Trail on your RV vacation!
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Experience all that Alaska has to offer with a camper van vacation from Amazing Accommodations Alaska. Contact us today at (907) 631-0470 to reserve one of our well-maintained camper vans. We also offer clean and fully-stocked RV rentals and motorhome rentals for your next RV vacation through the Alaskan wilderness.
Source: “Hatcher Pass and Independence.” Web article. Mat-Su Valley Alaska. Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau. Web. 07 Aug. 2021.