Snowbird Mine and Glacier Pass

Palmer, Alaska 99645

Snowbird Mine and Glacier Pass

Snowbird Mine and Glacier Pass Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A trail traveling by mining ruins, mountain scenery, and a glacier, off Archangel Road. The Snowbird Mine Trail climbs into the high country of the Talkeetnas to the ruins of the Snowbird Mine, and a route continues up Glacier Creek to Glacier Pass and the Snowbird Glacier, which fills the high basin north of the pass.

The granite peaks, alpine wildflowers, mine ruins, and glacier make this a diverse and beautiful hike."

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6/21/2002
We did the half day Snowbird Mining Trail at Hatcher Pass. The access road was VERY rutty and probably did a number on our rental van. The trail began with an easy, well worn road up to the old mine. Shortly after the trail became a path with steep inclines up the mountain and over boulder field. We had little ones with us so we were very careful with regard to foot and hand holds. The mountainous terrain continued throughout until we reached the lake. We could have pressed on further but the weather was turning cold and the kids were tired. Spectacular views, but at times the trail was not very well marked and we were unsure if we were on the right path. This is NOT for the casual hiker and I would have gladly traded my tennis shoes for hiking boots that day.
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Trail Information

Palmer
Nearby City
2.5-4 miles
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Best July through Sept
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Alaska State Parks, Mat- Su/Copper Basin Area, Finger Lake, Mile 0.7 Bogard Road, 7278 East Bogard Rd., Wasilla, AK 99654; (907) 745-3975; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Contacts
USGS Anchorage D-6
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