About The Tour

Our Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour is a top choice and perfect for first-time flyers. Hatcher Pass goes through the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains and is named after Robert Hatcher, a miner and prospector.

This 30-minute flight costs $250 per person, with a minimum of two people. You’ll fly north of Wasilla and deeper into the Talkeetna Mountains, before dropping into Alaska’s Independence Mine State Park (find out more at  Alaska.org). With its snow-capped mountains and proximity to Anchorage Hatcher Pass, a must for Alaska sightseeing and outdoor fun.

As you fly through valleys and along the Little Susitna River, you’ll spot the area’s sharp mountain peaks. Keep an eye out for amazing local wildlife viewing opportunities like black bears, moose, Dall sheep, mountain goats, and sometimes caribou. As the area with its scenic vistas is their natural habitat.

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Use this section to quickly see different parts of the Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour with Heli Alaska, Inc. Learn about the local area, photographic opportunities, the route, and other activities available in the region.

Hatcher Pass Area

Geography & History

The Hatcher Pass area is a stunning destination for both wildlife enthusiasts and explorers alike. Sovereign Mountain, the tallest peak at 8,849 feet, is one of eight huge mountains you can see on your Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour. Through the year these peaks are covered with snow caps, while the tundra transforms from vibrant greens in spring and summer to a warm palette of reds, yellows, and oranges in the fall.

With Heli Alaska, Inc., you’ll get an unforgettable Aerial North American Safari, exploring inaccessible parts of the Hatcher Pass region in comfort and style aboard our R44 helicopters. Our local pilots have a wealth of flight experience, will guide you on a scenic helicopter tour that showcases the Talkeetna Mountains, the Mat-Su Valley, and the Little Susitna River.

As you fly above Independence Mine State Park and the Wasilla area, you’ll have ample opportunities to capture stunning aerial photography of the landscape and wildlife below. Also you may see building remnants from the gold rush mining era, now unfortunately inaccessible by land. Chief Pilot and photographer, Robert, can offer helicopter photography tips to help you make the most of your Alaska adventure tour.

Wildlife in Hatcher Pass

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that the area’s wildlife is mostly undisturbed by helicopter flights, as there are no large-scale flying predators in the region. Our guided tours prioritize respecting and preserving the natural habitat of Alaska’s diverse wildlife. 

Hatcher Pass offers a wealth of wildlife viewing opportunities, with sightings of black bears, moose, and occasional appearances from dall sheep and mountain goats. The area’s geography, with a large south-facing slope on the north side and, creates a diverse natural habitat that attracts and supports a rich variety of Alaskan fauna.

At Heli Alaska, Inc., we are committed to providing safe and unforgettable helicopter sightseeing experiences, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty and serenity of the Hatcher Pass area. Whatsmore our partnership with Snowhook allows some tours to start from the Willow area.

At Heli Alaska, Inc., we will always respect Alaska’s animals, keeping an appropriate distance so as not to disturb them. Above all, it is their habitat we are just visiting.

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Your Hatcher Pass Flight

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Your Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour, departs from our hangar, or one of our partner locations in the scenic Mat-Su Valley. We offer convenient pick-up options from the dock at Mat-Su Resort or the picturesque back lawn at Lake Lucille Inn. To find out more about finding us, please visit our contact page or refer to the map provided below.

Soar through the breathtaking landscape on a Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour in Heli Alaska’s state-of-the-art R44 helicopters. Our experienced local pilots possess extensive knowledge of the area’s flora and fauna and will expertly guide you throughout your aerial adventure. Fear not the weather—some of the most stunning views of the season can be enjoyed on overcast days. While sunny days are delightful, witnessing mountain peaks piercing through a cloud layer or marveling at fog nestled in the valley below is truly awe-inspiring.

Recreation in the Pass

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On this Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour, you’ll have unparalleled access and fantastic opportunities for photography. Experience what can be best described as an Aerial North American Safari, capturing wildlife such as moose, Dall sheep, and mountain goats from above. The landscape photography prospects, featuring snow-capped mountains, alpine lakes, and scenic vistas, are simply breathtaking. Remember, you’ll be in an R44 helicopter, offering unique compositions both inside and out.

If you need photography advice or have specific wildlife or landscape goals for your Hatcher Pass adventure, speak to Robert, a local pilot and skilled photographer on our team. Don’t hesitate to drop us a message on the contact page to learn more about our scenic helicopter tours and guided experiences.

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Photography on your Hatcher Pass Tour

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The tour can give unprecedented access and some fantastic opportunities for photography. Viewing the pass’s animals from above is best described as an aerial North American Safari. Alongside this, the opportunities for landscape photography are simply stunning. At any rate, don’t forget you are in a helicopter which can also pose some striking compositions- both inside and out.

Additionally, for photography recommendations, or if you have specific goals or animals you would like to see on your tour, speak to Robert on our team. He is both an experienced pilot and an accomplished photographer. In addition, feel free to drop us a message on the contact page to find out more.

Some of the many incredible sights seen on the Hatcher Pass Helicopter, and in the Hatcher Pass area.

Booking your Hatcher Pass Helicopter tour

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Does the Hatcher Pass Helicopter Tour sound like the right one for you? If that’s the case, booking online or over the phone is easy. Not to mention with our automated booking system, you can pick your date and number of passengers with your phone or desktop computer.

If you have any issues or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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If you are nervous about flying for any reason, we will be happy to walk you through the process or make arrangements to make the experience better for you. Again, please feel free to get in contact using the contact page. Our pilots love our tours and think you will too. Above all, though, we understand that everybody’s needs are different. One of us will be happy to assist you wherever possible.

Do you feel the Hatcher Pass Helicopter tour is not quite what you want? If you’d like to discuss customizing your tour, call us, and we’d be happy to accommodate your needs.

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Our Location:

4130 West Aviation Ave., Hangar #4

Wasilla, Alaska 99654