I wish my photography would give you the full depth of this picture. It tells us that we are almost at 4,000 foot elevation, but it does not tell you how many miles off into the distance you are able to see. This is near the towns of Wasilla and Palmer. As the name indicates, it is a pass through the mountains, but also the site of large scale gold mining.
The mining is still going on today. It was quite a revelation as we went through the area to see the signs up indicating active mining was going on While we did not see anything on my recent visit, there were a lot of vehicles that indicated some people other than tourists were in the area.
Between winding road and winding creek and beautiful mountain views all around you this is truly a beautiful place to take in nature. Watch the seasons change and just totally unwind from the everyday world of life.
The state park here shows a part of the hard life of miners during the gold rush days.
The area is also great for hiking, sledding, skiing, camping, hunting and almost any outdoor activity popular in Alaska. Some of the roads would not be passible during the winter and heavy snow, so just be prepared as with any winter travel in rugged territory. But, boy it sure is a treat for the eyes to be in this area. If you are in Alaska add this place to your bucket list.