Hatcher Pass – April 17, 2017. All Motorized Trails Closed Except Summit Lake (Access to Back Side Riding Areas)!

Trail Conditions Reported By: Alaska State Parks DNR



Click on link following for details  listing open trails and advisories from Alaska State Parks:  hatcherreport041717

4/17/17 – No new snow fell since the last report on 4/7/17. Temperatures have been climbing above freezing during the day and dropping below freezing at night resulting in freeze-thaw melting. The snowpack has turned isothermal in the lower elevations and has begun turning isothermal in the upper elevations. The snow-pack above 3,000 feet is variable. Numerous springtime point release slides have been observed recently. Due to deteriorating snow conditions, the Goldmint Trailhead, Archangel Valley and the Fishhook Trailhead are now close to snowmobiling. The TRAIL CORRDOR ONLY from the the mile 17.5 pullout just blew the Hatcher Pass Lodge up through Hatcher Pass will remain open to snowmobiling. Any observed off-trail riding will result in immediate closure for the season.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots are clear of snow and ice. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections when the temperature drops below freezing. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

 

No new snow fell since the last report on 4/7/17. Temperatures have been climbing above freezing during the day and dropping below freezing at night resulting in freeze-thaw melting. The snowpack has turned isothermal in the lower elevations and has begun turning isothermal in the upper elevations. The snow-pack above 2,500 feet remains variable. Numerous springtime point release slides have been observed recently. Due to deteriorating snow conditions, the areas below the Fishhook Trailhead (Including the Goldmint Trailhead and Archangel Valley) will close to snowmobiling effective 4/15/17 at 6:00 PM. The trail CORRDOR ONLY from the Fishhook Trailhead through Hatcher Pass will remain open to snowmobiling. Any observed off-trail riding will result in immediate closure for the season.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots are clear of snow and ice. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections when the temperature drops below freezing. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

 

3-5″ of new snow fell since the last report on 3/21/17. Winds picked up with gusts up to 30 MPH in the higher elevations for a while on 3/30/17. Temperatures have started climbing above freezing today causing the new surface snow to melt. The snow-pack above 2,500 feet is variable. Generally the snow-pack has been sublimating from the cold temps we’ve had until recently. Some melting and freeze-thaw effect has begun in southerly aspects.
The Hatcher Pass roadway and trailhead parking lots have been plowed. The roadway pavement is already exposed. Please drive carefully as there can be icy and slippery sections. The speed limit is 35 MPH. Please slow down, especially on curves and going downhill. Four wheel drive and winter tires are highly recommended.

Avalanche danger is Considerable – get the new forecast from Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center Forecast

The Department of Natural Resources has created a web-based report for recreational user conflicts in the East Hatcher Pass Management Area. To access the report go to: http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/planning/mgtplans/hatcher/incident_rpt/. 

Collected information may be used to assist DNR in identifying recreational conflict types and areas of conflict. These reports will not necessarily result in active enforcement or investigation. Additional information can also be provided to the area rangers by contacting the Mat-Su Area Headquarters at 907-745-8950.

For the latest trails report update for Hatcher Pass,  go to http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/curevnts.htm

Additional snow and weather information can be found at:

NCRS  Independence Mine Snow-Tel Website at: http://ambcs.org/SiteViewer.shtml or

Marmot Mountain weather station website at: http://www.cnjaic.org/wx/wx_marmot.php

Please note: A $5 day-use parking fee or 2015 annual parking pass is required at most trailheads throughout the Hatcher Pass Area. 2015 passes are now available and can be purchased online at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/passes.cfm or purchased from park offices, park staff, REI, and AMH.