This is the mother of all hikes around the anchorage area. There are two ways to do it - take the short 4 mile hike from the Crow Creek Trailhead to Crow Pass, which is the highest elevation of the trail at 3550 feet… OR go the full 21 miles, keeping in mind that you then have to walk 21 miles back! The highlights of the trail are:
- A small portion of the trail overlaps with the original Iditarod trail
- The Crow Creek Historic Gold Mine is on this trail
- Pass by Crystal lake
- Peak at Crow Pass ( you might turn back here)
- Head in to Raven Creek Valley
- Cross Raven Creek over Raven Gorge Bridge
- Cross Turbid Creek
- Go past Thunder Falls, Twin Falls
- Catch a view of Heritage falls
- Reach Eagle River Nature Center
- Do it all again in reverse order as you head back. Actually, plan to have a car or taxi waiting at that end.
In the course of the journey be prepared to see beautiful sights and lots of animals. It usually takes at least two days complete this trail, and four days is not uncommon.
Crow Pass National Historic Trail Travel Tips
- Bring an extra pair of shoes that you don’t mind getting wet so that you can cross the Eagle River. Never cross barefoot. Don’t head in if the water looks too deep.
- Bring rain gear.
- Open Fires not allowed.
- Be wary of attracting the attention of bears.
- The water may look clean but don’t drink it without treating and boiling.
- Avoid hiking this in the winter for there is avalanche risk.
Crow Pass National Historic Trail Hours
- Trail is best from Mid-June - early september.
- The five hour recommendation here is given based on turning back at Crow PAss.
How to Reach Crow Pass National Historic Trail
- Drive to here.
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0.59% of people who visit Anchorage include Crow Pass National Historic Trail in their plan
95% of people start their Crow Pass National Historic Trail visit around 2 PM
People usually take around 6 Hrs to see Crow Pass National Historic Trail
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Crow Pass National Historic Trail
People normally also visit Mchugh Creek Recreation Area while planning their trip to Crow Pass National Historic Trail.