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COMPASS WEST U.S. Independence Mine State Historical Park The magic of Mat-Su Along Hatcher Pass Road, visitors can find some of the best hiking trails in Alaska, including the Gold Mint Trail and Reed Lakes Trail. Gold Mint fol- lows the glacial-fed Little Susitna River and goes past a number of waterfalls. Reed Lakes takes hikers to two high- altitude lakes, including its namesake, and offers spectacular views of jagged mountains and the Mat-Su Valley below. For more information, reach out to Ressler at or go to Discover The Huntington Group Tours Available | Pasadena Adjacent | Reed Lakes Trail 36 January 2018 Tucked between Anchorage and Denali Willow. Originally used by Alaska gold- National Park, Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley is rush miners in the 1930s and 1940s, the home to nature-based attractions, his- area is now a popular recreational spot. torical sites and quaint cities. “Hatcher Pass Road is one of the “The Mat-Su Valley is a region the most scenic drives you’ll ever take,” he size of West Virginia, and we’re just 35 says. “You are surrounded by alpine miles north of Anchorage,” says Casey meadows, the Little Susitna River, Ressler, marketing and communications granite peaks and vast wilderness. It’s manager for the CVB. “[The area] is the Alaska people dream of, and it’s filled with Denali adventures like flight- extremely accessible.” seeing and riverboat trips in Talkeetna, In addition to taking in the great Matanuska Glacier (Alaska’s largest views along the way, groups can visit road-accessible glacier), fishing, outdoor Independence Mine and do some hik- recreation and more.” ing. Positioned at the 3,886-foot su