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About Crow Pass Cabin
Crow Pass Cabin is located about 500 yards off the Crow Pass Trail, which follows part of the former supply route for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The trail is popular destination for its historic sites, stunning scenery and wildlife watching opportunities. The cabin is an ideal stop for visitors hiking the entire length of the trail, which takes an estimated two to three days, or for visitors interesting in a good base camp for mountain climbing in the area. The site is only accessible from late May through late October due to high avalanche danger the remainder of the year. Getting there requires a 3-mile hike from the Crow Pass Trailhead off Crow Creek Road with an elevation gain of 2,080 feet. The trail may have snow through mid-June, and wet conditions may result in small stream crossings. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities. More information on avalanche hazards can be found at the Chugach NF Avalanche Center website (www.CNFAIC.org). Natural Features: The cabin is situated in the Chugach Mountains near Crystal Lake at an elevation of about 3,500 feet. It sits in open tundra above the tree line with vegetation of low shrubs, grasses and summer wildflowers. Black and brown bears, wolves and moose inhabit the area (learn about bear safety). Dall sheep, mountain goats, marmots, arctic ground squirrels and white-tailed ptarmigan may be spotted on the rocky terrain surrounding the cabin. Recreation: Crow Pass is a picturesque 24-mile section of the Iditarod National Historic trail offering alpine hiking, trail running and sightseeing opportunities. It is also a good family trail, but does have steep switchbacks in some places. Interesting points between the trailhead and the cabin include the Monarch Mine ruins and waterfalls. The trail continues past the cabin, revealing views of Raven Glacier and the Eagle River. Glaciers and peaks around the cabin offer experienced climbers a challenging adventure. Hunting is possible, but the activity is tightly regulated in this area with limited permits available from the State of Alaska. Facilities: The cabin is a 16x16-foot, A-frame with a main floor and sleeping loft. It can accommodate 6 people and offers wooden bunks, a table with benches, fire extinguisher, first aid supplies, snow shovel, a broom and an outside pit toilet. A kerosene heater is provided. Electricity, water and fuel for the heater are not provided. Guests are responsible for supplying their own drinking water, kerosene for heater (1 gallon will last 4-6 hours), a cook stove, flashlights or lanterns, bedding, mattresses, toilet paper, garbage bags, cookware, dishes and utensils. A small creek is located near the Cabin but water should be treated before consumption. ACTIVITIES Historic & Cultural Site: Historic Sites Hiking Hunting Wildlife Viewing
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Drive In
Operator
USDA Forest Service
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Location
Crow Pass Cabin is located in Alaska
Latitude
61.052 N
Longitude
-149.118 W
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Directions
The cabin is located near Crow Pass in the Chugach Mountains, 3 miles from the Crow Pass Trailhead. Cabin users can expect to encounter small stream crossings during wet periods. Access: At mile 90, AK-1 S/Seward Highway (35 miles south of Anchorage). Turn left onto paved road leading to Mt. Alyeska Resort (Alyeska Highway). After 2 miles, turn left onto Crow Creek Road. Trailhead is at end of road (7 miles) and parking is available. Refer to USGS Map, Anchorage A6.
2 Reviews of Crow Pass Cabin
Not what I thought

It's not how I pictured AK. I could have been in any state. I was so excited to see AK. And it let me down 🤕

First to Review
Crow Pass Um Yes Please!!

Crow Pass is.. um.. AHHHHHMAZIIINNNNGGG!!

All the shows you see on t.v that look like "wild Alaska".. this is it!!

If you choose to start the Girdwood side you will travel south via Glenn Highway from Anchorage approx 45 minutes. Take the Girdwood exit.. can't miss it, it has the busiest Gas station in the State! Follow this road until you see Crow creek mine rd on your left.. take that. Follow it till the parking area on your right. Before you head out you might as well do the quick 3 mile round trip winner creek trail that has an awesome hand tram over the river.. scary yes.. worth it absolutely!!

Before you head out on Crow pass if you choose to do all 24 miles be sure that you have someone on the Eagle River Nature side to get you or leave a car 5$ fee for parking. AND ask them to leave an espresso as I TOTALLY needed one right then!!

As you head up the trail you will see state cabin #1.. you can stay here for free.. or if it is pre rented you need to stay outside.. which we did. And it was wonderful.. a small creek runs by here and it is set in the most serene place on earth.. You can't help sing like " The hills are alive with music!"

We only camped one night and trekked the rest of the way.. yes all the way.. awesome and crazy.. you must cross Eagle river to finish the whole trail and if you choose to do this please read up on and be prepared on ways to river cross. Triangle formation, walking stick, group.. I am 5'4" and the extra rain this year made this portion of the hike EXTREMELY dangerous for me as the water was above my waste, and if it wasn't for the triangle formation I'm sure I would have seen some pretty amazing scenery way down the river.

Moose, Bear and Beaver own this land. I HIGHLY recommend a camera, as were took few too many pics.. and Bear spray. Never let your guard down when you hike here as there are surprised around every corner. People laugh when I tell them a beaver chased me.. funny as it is.. THAT SUCKER WAS HUGE and chased me good ways.. my partner laughed.. not cool.

Pack everything in you need, water filter, tent, food, first aid, blister pads, rain gear and bear spray. You can pack ultra light and do this trail in one day.. but whats the rush.. it is AMAZING!!