Hatcher Pass is in the Talkeetna Mountains, outside of the town of Palmer. We decided to go in the back way from Willow, about 20 miles past Big Lake.
It's another twenty or thirty miles from Willow, up to the high country in the Talkeetna Mountains. We stopped several times along the way to look at things. These are wild Geraniums.
Bunchberry flowersThe view from above timberline.
Looking back the way we came. The high country in Alaska can be an unforgiving place. Even in the Summertime, Winter can come back at any time. Since we did this trip on a whim, we were taking a risk. I only wore a short sleeved shirt, and we did'nt even have any water. We were acting like tourists, but fortune shined on us, even if the sun did'nt.We are climbing ever higher, and looking back to the little dirt road that is closed most of the year.
We got rained on several times, but it did'nt amount to much. The mountains are more rugged on this side of the pass.
Lush Summer vegetation grows on the lower slopes.
Daisies growing on the shoulder of the road look like twinkling stars in the night sky. We were down from the mountains in time to visit more friends living in Palmer. It was a good day.