Historic Iditarod (Crow Pass) Trail is a 26 mile point-to-point trail located near Eagle River, AK and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until August.
went Girwood to Eagle River, up until Ford crossing at the river the trail was not bad. Crossing the river was chest high on a 5'1 person and swift. Once you cross the river the trail is flooded out in spots and gone! large areas where the trail on the mtn side was gone, fallen off just before the ladder climb. other areas loss dirt where the trail was had fallen off into the river. No trail markings make sure you have a GPS... overall great adventure and full of challenges!! do in 2days
This is one of the best hikes I've done. It is absolutely beautiful and I highly recommend this hike!
Just completed the trail a few days ago eagle to girdwood. Definitely not recommended this time of year. I am sure a lot know that but just wanted to give a first hand account. Very steep pitches, ice in certain areas, some flooded campsites, try to stay on the trail and use gps to verify. There were some areas that were at risk of avalanche and there were signs of past avalanches. If someone were to do the trail around this time, I would highly recommend roping up, crampons, and ice axe, along with the usual winter gear, Don't try to take the south river branch, there is an awesome waterfall there but super hard to get to and pretty much no way around it. Up partway in the mountains there were tracks that I could not identify, right on the gps track but had a 4 legged gate. Picture to follow, any help identifying would be appreciated
Amazing hike! We traveled from Girdwood to Eagle River in July of 2013. Overall the trail is easy to follow and not to hard to complete. It's long but can be done in one day. I would highly recommend taking two days and spending the night on the trail, truly enjoy it.
There are two water crossings, so check the weather conditions prior to heading out.
Completed the hike starting on the Eagle River side around mid August 2014. It's a 10-12 hour day so we started in the dark around 4:45am to get to the Double Muskee for dinner on other side in Girdwood before they closed.
One of the most amazing hikes I've ever done. Wasn't hard, just long. Encountered high waters and lots of high wind in the pass (out of the norm) that ate into our time, but nothing that didn't add to the spirit of the adventure.
The Eagle River portion is fun, full of obstacles a couple of rope bridges and a ladder. The Girdwood side is fun as well. Both are equally as scenic.
First of all, I have only hiked from the Crow Creek trailhead to Raven Glacier.
That being said, this trail is incredible! The first mile few miles are nice, though not 5-star material. However, once the trail reaches a series of waterfalls, there is scenic landmark after scenic landmark. First there are the waterfalls; the trail passes by them on the left, but the more adventurous can enter the mini gorge that the creek has cut and then climb out of it, rejoining the trail. Then you come to Crystal Lake, a beautiful lake that sits below Crow Glacier. You will have hiked below Jewel Glacier to get to this point and you can see it from the lake -- assuming the weather allows it. Beyond Crystal Lake is Crow Pass and a marvelous view of Raven Glacier.
Waterproof boots are quite helpful, as there are several stream crossings. The trail itself is easy to follow the entire way. However, there is plenty of beauty to be found by those that dare to leave the trail. Venture up to get an up-close view of Jewel Glacier and then pass through it up to the pass between Summit Mountain and Jewel Mountain. Doing so will give you a spectacular view of Milk Glacier, hundreds of feet below.
Completed the trail mid August 2013, starting from Girwood. The first part of the trail is going uphill until reaching the actual pass. On the way to the top we had the chance to spot some goats and ptarmigans, we also pass by an abandoned gold mine, or at least that is what they told us it was. After reaching the top you have to cross some moraine and we even pass by some snow patches. It's a nice easy walk all the way to Eagle River. Make sure to ford the river between the white post. After fording the river it's forest the rest of the trail. There are plenty of camping sites in case that you want to stay overnight. Also, make sure to bring at least a bear mace, we saw A LOT of bear excrement, good thing we didn't see any actual bear.
I have to agree with Joy as I like obstacles on a trail. They break up the monotony of a trail march allowing me more time to truly experience with wilderness. I often wonder how much of nature people actually see on a hike as we tend to be too destination driven. This is definitely a trail you want to put on your wishlist.
I love this hike. Best done in July when the wildflower are in bloom. I disagree with the last poster, the Eagle river side just adds to the adventure. After fording the river, you are met with one obstacle after another. From crossing logs over rapid water to climbing ladders up small cliffs. The Girdwood side is beautiful and challenging too, I hate the snowfield crossings. Which depending on the snowfall for the year, can be quite steep. We like staying in the public use cabin at the top on the first night.
Go from the Girdwood side, Go to the creek crossing and turn around and come back! The Eagles river side is boring and you're in the tree's the whole time. Did see 4 moose and one bear on the Eagle River side, but it was mostly boring. Glacier, Mountain, Awesome valley shot from the Girdwood side.