Scandinavian Peaks Hut on the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Hans' Hut on the Whiteout Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

Rosies Roost on the Eklutna Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Greg Bragiel.

The Mint Hut near the Mint Glacier in the Talkeetna Mountains.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

We would like to introduce our newly formed group. The Hatcher Pass Mountaineering Huts Group (HPMHG) has been formed to reach out to all users and raise awareness of the history and purpose of the mountaineering huts operated by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska and the Alaska Section of the American Alpine Club.

The HPMHG was formed in response to a tremendous increase of snowmachine activity in the spring of 2013 on the Snowbird Glacier and other surrounding areas including the Snowbird Hut, Bomber Hut and Mint Hut. This increase in activity is associated with the implementation of new boundaries in the updated Hatcher Pass Management Plan (adopted November, 2010 and implemented December, 2012). The snowmachine activity on the approach to the huts and in and around the huts constitutes a clear safety issue and certainly changes the experience. The solution to this problem will require effort and understanding by all parties.

Our group is focusing on education and outreach as the path to having all users enjoy the bounty of the Hatcher Pass area. We have been joined by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska and the Alaska Section of the American Alpine Club in supporting this cause.

We are asking you, the members of the MCA / AAC to help with the following:

  • Educate yourselves as to locations of the boundaries and areas closed to snowmachining. The boundary map can be viewed at: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/hatcherpass/hpsnowmobiling.htm
  • We ask you to interact with individuals riding in closed areas in a respectful manner. Last spring, there were numerous cases of individuals that just followed an established snowmachine trail and did not know it led through a closed area. Others, not so respectful, had destroyed boundary markers and pushed the trail in. The unaware just followed. Many of the violations centered around the Good Hope Creek boundary in the Reed Valley/Reed Lake drainage. If folks are receptive, talk with them and show them on a State Parks brochure where they are.
  • We ask you to assist State Parks in reporting boundary violations on the attached form (Incident reporting form). Please email the completed report to the addresses listed on the form.
  • Please help and volunteer with outreach, education and reporting. Thank you for supporting the HPMHG, the State Parks and all users of the Hatcher Pass area. For more information, contact Ralph Baldwin, Cory Hinds, Jayme Mack, Cindi Squire or Harry Hunt at: hatcherpassmountaineeringhuts@gmail.com.

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HPMHG Incident Report
We ask you to assist State Parks in reporting boundary violations on the attached form (Incident reporting form). Please email the completed report to the addresses listed on the form.

NOTE: Many of the documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader for viewing. Acrobat Reader software may be downloaded for free from Adobe Systems, Inc.




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Many thanks to: Wayne Todd, Tim Silvers, Ross Noffsinger, Steve Gruhn, Carrie Wang, Billy Finley and many others who provided information, ideas and photos. And thanks to Willy Hersman who created, managed and hosted the first MCA website, without which this site's development would have been so much more difficult. Current website donated by Couloir Graphics.