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HATCHER PASS - The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that as of Saturday, March 13, the east side of Hatcher Pass will be open to snowmobiles from the Goldmint Trailhead Parking Lot at Mile 14.5 to the Hatcher Pass Summit at Mile 19 of the Hatcher Pass Road.
The west side of Hatcher Pass, including that portion of Summit Lake State Recreation Site west of the pass, will also be open to snowmobiles.
The trail to the summit is a multi-use trail, so snowmobilers should obey the posted speed limit and watch for hikers, skiers and snowboarders.
Snowmobilers are reminded that the telemark ski area on Hatch Peak is closed to motorized use. This area is bounded on the north by Hatcher Creek and on the east by Fishhook Creek. The Hatch Peak ridgeline forms the west boundary. The area is well marked with signs and wands along both creeks. Check the trailhead bulletin boards for a map showing the closed areas.
Snowmobiles must be registered with the Division of Motor Vehicles to legally operate on public land.