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East Hatcher Pass Management Area opening on Jan. 11 to snowmobiles

(Palmer, AK) – The Mat-Su Area Office of Alaska State Parks announces that as of Saturday, Jan. 11, 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.

Regulations put into effect in January, 2013 have affected the boundaries of areas open to the use of snowmobiles primarily in the Government Peak, Mile 16, Gold Mint, Reed Lakes/Little Susitna, Archangel, and Marmot Mountain areas. Where practical, signage will be placed along the revised boundaries. The changes are part of the implementation of the November 2010 revised Hatcher Pass Management Plan.   Recreationists are encouraged to study the maps to become familiar with the boundaries which are illustrated in the map found at this link: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hatcherpassboundaries.htm.

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