May 15, 2016
This has been the most pleasant hike I have completed in Alaska so far! This part of Crow Pass Trail is WAY more exciting than the trail from the Eagle River trailhead. This trailhead to Crow Pass Trail sits at the very end of Crow Creek Road in Girdwood. It is clearly marked.
The trail is a fairly gentle climb up to Crow Pass. There was a TON of snow still on the trail. My feet were soaking wet, but it was warm enough that they didn’t get too cold. My Kahtoolas came in very handy today! Snow shoes or a knee-high boot would have been better.
Crow Pass is clearly marked with a sign about 4 miles in the trail.
The view from the Pass is worth the 4 mile climb.
Hiking just a few more feet ahead brought me to Raven Glacier. The glacier still has a significant amount of snow on it, so I will explore this glacier later this summer after some more snow has melted.
There were lots of bear and moose tracks at Crow Pass, and I heard my first avalanche. There were several areas on the trail that had recently avalanched. I now know that the Crow Pass Facebook page has an update on trail conditions.
This is a trail that I will likely hike several more times after the snow has melted some more!
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This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.