Marmot Mountain Trail – Hatcher Pass, Alaska

November 13, 2016

I had originally planned on hiking a much longer trail this weekend, Gold Mint Trail, but then I ending up only having a one-day weekend. This hike was a great short hike, given that I was crammed for time.  The current sunrise and sunset are at 9:01 AM and 4:20 PM respectively. 

The Marmot Mountain Trail begins at the Fishhook Trailhead in Hatcher Pass. The trail starts off with a few switchbacks and quickly turns to a steep climb. The snow was pretty compacted and icy up until reaching the ridge. Once reaching the ridge, the snow got a little deeper. Katoolahs and gaiters made this hike a lot easier and more comfortable. 

Once on the ridge, it was an easy hike up to the summit. Since the snow was deeper and not traveled on the ridge, I had to make my own trail to the summit. 

There is a beautiful view of the Talkeetna Mountains and Hatcher Pass Lodge from the summit. 

Overall this was a great hike. I would love to hike this one again in the summer. As far as overall difficulty, I would say this trail is very similar to hiking Mount Baldy in Eagle River, Alaska.

For more information I found the following websites helpful:

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.


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