Crow Pass Trail to Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain

HARD 35 reviews
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Crow Pass Trail to Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain is a 6.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
6.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2096 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wildlife

rocky

snow

Alaska Division of Tourism, P.O. Box 110801 , Juneau, AK, 99811-0801, Phone: 907-465-2010

hiking
14 days ago

Great trail have done it twice now!

hiking
21 days ago

We did this hike this morning, in the rain. There is still a lot of snow on the trail in places. It was slow going. There were some other hikers with overnight gear, intent on spending a few days up there. It looked like they were in a for a cool night. I'd give this trail a couple more weeks of sunshine, before expecting a relatively dry trail.

hiking
9 months ago

9 months ago

Beginning of the crow pass trail to Eagle River gorgeous sites and wildlife!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful! Dress warm!! It's was freezing at the glacier, very strong winds when I went yesterday. Amazing hike

10 months ago

Great hike!!

Even though it had rained for 3 weeks prior and during the 2 days we were out, I had an amazing experience. Equal parts incredible natural beauty, abject terror, and pain. Much of the Eagle River side trail was washed out, bridges missing, thick mud, etc. We survived it all and gained a great sense of accomplishment.

10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Great hike with amazing views. The only thing difficult about this hike is the distance and the number of water crossings where you are likely to get your feet wet.

11 months ago

11 months ago

11 months ago

Great a lot of loose rocks

11 months ago

It was a great trail. went in June, hardly any snow left and that river was passable. Black bears a plenty with cubs so make noise in wooded areas.

11 months ago

11 months ago

Totally worth it. If you've been thinking about hiking this at all, just do it! I've heard that this through hike can be done in a day but why would you want to? Take at least 2 days (1 night) and enjoy the amazing scenery. I've lived in AK my whole life and I've done a lot of hiking and this IS the hike you've been looking for. Start on the easier Girdwood side. You'll hike up into Crow Pass (3hr to the top of the pass at a mellow pace). Hiking down into the valley you are greeted with glaciers, the spectacular Raven George, and a lush, meandering river bed. This section was by far the best. You are still mostly above the brush line and get the best views and (of course) hiking down hill. Keep in mind that there isn't really any good access to water until you are up and over the pass (about 5 hrs in). By the end of the first day (about 12ish miles in) you come up to the main river crossing (the ford site). Many people camp here and cross the river the next morning. We chose to cross that night because our core temps were up, the water level was relatively low, and the camp sites on the Eagle River side of the river are much better. If the water is low enough, just get it out of the way. Two more miles after the river ford is a perfect campsite with good access to water and lots of dry, downed wood. The next day is all the Eagle River side that is mostly flat with some more, smaller river crossings on primitive bridges. Depending on the water levels you may have to take the high water route (harder/slower) or you might luck out with the low water route. All in all the second day can be a tough push but there are tons of great camping spots and easy access to water if you wanted to camp a second night.
Overall this is a very tough hike that will push your limits especially if you've never done a through hike before. Be very bear aware, be loud, and cary protection. Pack it in, pack it out. *Wear shoes for the river crossing* Bring hiking poles for sure! Great hike for a group. Enjoy!

backpacking
Monday, June 06, 2016

It was still snow on the upper trail before and after passing Mile 1.8 (Monarch Mine), but it was partial of snow on the lower trail to Mile 1.8. Passing by USFS Cabin on a packed snow trail, there were couples of descending on the snow trails after Crow Pass sign; crossing snow bridge over a stream to avoid a moose and her calves. I was sighting a black bear on the mountain side around 10 pm while crossing the stream to go back to the main trail... The trail was well marked after crossing the small stream all the way to Eagle River Nature Center.
P.S. Crossing the river - the water was about waist high, but some spots were about knee high while crossing it. The water was super cold. Bring your water shoes to protect your feet from cold water. It was awesome for backpacking trail!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Beautiful!!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Great trail, lots of sight seeing and some pretty cold glacier water