What to do within Government Peak area:
The 7,860 acres of Government Peak Recreation Area at Hatcher Pass in the Talkeetna Mountains feel remote yet are easily accessible by more than half the state's residents. Commanding views of rugged peaks and valley floors are what draw people here.
Photo by Ted Bell and Patty Sullivan
Other things to do outside Government Peak area:
- Berry Picking - This is a very popular fall activity, particularly on the south facing slopes in the sub-alpine and alpine areas throughout the area.
- Mountain Biking
- Photography - Some of the more popular areas are along the Little Susitna River and Willow Creek, at Independence Mine, Summit Lake, and many of the sub-alipine and alpine areas.
- Picnics - There are areas along the Hatcher Pass and Willow-Fishhook Roads where you can pull off and have a picnic while enjoying view of the area. Other favorites are along the trails that are scattered throughout the area.
- Sightseeing - Everywhere!
- Snowmobiling - In legal designated areas only. Download User Map - Contact the Division of Parks for emergency and seasonal closures (907) 745-3975
- Snowshoeing - Everywhere!
- Spend the night.
- Tour historical Independence Mine
Helpful information before you go: Restrooms and a day lodge are not here yet. Limited toilets are available on a seasonal basis, only at Gold Mint trailhead (mile 16 Fishhook) and Independence Mine, and summer only at Little Su camping and picnic pullout. You can buy food at Turner's Corner at mile 6.5 Hatcher Pass Road and buy a meal or stay the night at Hatcher Pass Lodge, which is 3,000 feet above treeline.
2011 Mat-Su Borough Poster Winner - John McOmber