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Old 06-18-2009, 01:11 PM
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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The nice thing about Hatcher Pass is that there are so few trees, so you can see quite a ways. It is difficult to be surprised by any critter in Hatcher Pass. As long as you don't surprise a moose or bear, and maintain a respectful distance when you do see them, you should not have any problems.

Bears, at least, prefer not to have any contact with humans and will avoid humans when they know they are around. Moose, on the other hand, are a bit more unpredictable. I have seen moose charge people for no reason whatsoever. However, in Hatcher Pass there is not a lot for moose to eat, so you will not see many there.
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Old 06-18-2009, 01:25 PM
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Originally Posted by alaskalive View Post
Anyone know any good hiking trails, mountains to climb close to Wasilla, Palmer?
We have already been to Lazy Mountain and Butte.

Looking to do some more hiking.
  • You might want to consider the Lynx Lake canoe trail in the Nancy Lakes State Recreation Area. If you don't own a canoe, there is the short Red Shirt Lake trail in the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area. It is about 3 miles long (6 miles round-trip), and takes you to Red Shirt Lake, one of the larger lakes in the park.
  • Thunderbird Falls out by Peters Creek is a nice little hike, about a mile or so to the falls. Maybe 2 miles round-trip.
  • Eklutna Lake has a nice managed trail that runs the length of the lake back to the Eklutna Glacier, about 13 miles (26 miles round-trip).
  • The Crow Pass Trail from Gridwood to Eagle River is a popular hiking trail. However, it is about 24 miles one way, so a lot of people will take 2 or 3 days to complete the hike.
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