|09-18-2007, 01:34 PM||#1|
Alaska Born Ducatisti
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Hatcher Pass, Alaska Fall Colors
This is a fun little dirt road just north of Anchorage that we often recommend to riders that come up for a visit. It runs between Willow on the Parks Hwy and Palmer on the Glenn Hwy.
I'd only done the road from East to West and wanted to do it the other way. The day was beautiful and I knew comin in from the Willow side the sun would be at my back and hopefully I'd get some good Fall color pics. I was pleased with what I got. While it is a shorter ride, I decided to do a ride report as it is such a pretty area.
Heading up north of Anchorage I've always been impressed with the grandeur of Pioneer Peak. We just had our first real dusting of the local mtns a few days ago. Yep, summer's gone. Oh well, it's still pretty.
On the West side the road parallels Willow Creek.
The Fireweed, on the left, went to seed a while ago now.
The south facing hillsides were lit up pretty well.
Met up with these two German fellows in their Unimog. Quite a rig! And you thought a KLR was TALL! I asked if they were on some 'round the world trip and they said "no, just North America."
They were parked right next to this lovely little beaver pond.
Headin farther on up.
Being at such a high lattitude, our tree line is pretty low. Gettin above the trees.
Looking South across the valley at Bald Mtn Ridge.
Looking down on the road I just came up.
Taken from up near the top.
Time for a little "self portraiture."
Summit Lake. There's someone standing on one of the big rocks on the far shore.
Getting late in the day with some long shadows. Looking down at the other side of the Pass.
Somebody missed a turn! Or were they tryin a shortcut?! No idea what really happened. Yikes.
Off in the distance is Independence Mine State Historical Park. For years I've called the paved road leading up on this side from Palmer "THE best sportbike road in Alaska!" MY fave anyway. Good times!
Headin down into the shadows.
And thus ends another lovely day of riding up in the 'Great White North'.
Man, I love it up here. Ciao, Mark H.
My Ride Reports of Alaska & The Yukon
AKDuc screwed with this post 10-21-2007 at 03:44 PM
|09-18-2007, 01:46 PM||#2|
Joined: Sep 2004
Location: New Spokananian, DrySide WA
Excellent little write up! We were just up there last Friday, but had to cage it as I had my mom and step-dad visiting from CT. In just the few days since we were there, that snow sure has come in!
Great pix! Thanks for sharing, and ride safe!
I used to be an adventurer like you, until I took a Hyundai to the knee...
|09-18-2007, 02:36 PM||#5|
Joined: Jul 2007
Location: Castle Rock
Nice! Followed your link from the dot net site. Was stuck in a suburu up on Hatcher in spring Circa mid 80's, twas a long cold wet couple o' day's. Looks like your weather was perfect. I love fall...
wzd1a screwed with this post 09-18-2007 at 02:45 PM
|09-18-2007, 02:42 PM||#6|
Outhouse Race Team
Joined: Nov 2006
Nice. Reminds me of part of my youth there back in the middle 70s. I always loved AK. Great state...
Funny, the guys in the Unimog are not too far from were I live. They are from Lörrach (below) in the state of Baden-Württemberg. It is nestled between the Rhein River and at the south-western part of the Black Forrest.
It is sometimes amazing the amount of world travelers originate from Germany. A lot of books for the 2 wheeled crowd are from German adventurers. To my knowledge, they aren't in English for those outside Germany (and Switzerland and Austria... and Southern Tirol in Italy) to enjoy. Too bad.
For those who like to ride, the Black Forrest and nearby Alsace (France) Regions are great riding venues -- amongst many other locations in Southern Germany and the Alps to the south (not far). Besides great two wheeled fun, great scenery, great beer (like one of my favorites, Tannen Zäpfle), and spas that date back to the Romans (great after a long ride)...
...this region is also home to Touratech -- for those who want part with more money for their farkles.
For those coming this way, one site that may help is:
Again, thanks for the photos. It was a trip down memory lane.
calix meus inebrians
'03 F650GS Dakar
'95 ST1100 Pan European
"If you are part of the Rat Race, just remember at the end of the race... you're still a rat."
|09-18-2007, 03:00 PM||#7|
Stuck in Pindadesh
Joined: Jun 2006
Thank you so much for sharing such a beautiful ride with us, AKDuc. Everyone raves about the weather here in San Diego but I sure do miss the seasons. I look forward to riding this road when I make it up north next summer.
I wanna ride
|09-18-2007, 03:28 PM||#9|
Joined: Apr 2004
Location: Wasilla Alaska
It seems there were a few of us playing hookie up there in them thar hills on monday.
We,re on a mission from God. "blues brothers"
Don't go up there someone's going to die. "Walter"
A world without string is chaos
Good-Bad-Iam the guy with the gun "evil dead"
God's speed Rommel run free my dog
|09-18-2007, 03:48 PM||#10|
Joined: Sep 2003
Location: Just over the rear wheel
Great job, Mark! Typical of your well-illustrated reports. Makes me want to mount up and take a quick ride down thataway - if the clouds would just clear away again.
|09-18-2007, 04:08 PM||#11|
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Anchorage, formerly Spenard (hub of the universe)
Very nice Bro'!! Was hopin' you'd ride Craggie with us but I see your ride was really good too... NICE shots.
|09-18-2007, 04:36 PM||#12|
Joined: Jul 2005
Great report and fantastic pics!
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