Johnson Pass is a 20.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moose Pass, Alaska that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.4 miles Elevation Gain: 3,041 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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4 days ago

Did a 2-day trip starting from the S trailhead ending at the N trailhead. Trail was muddy in many section. At least once we had to jump over a brook or small creek, but all were mellow and completely safe. The views were incredible and most if not all the water features are Alaskan gems. I would recommend waiting for the trail to dry up before biking to prevent large ruts, but there were lots of people out biking none the less.

24 days ago

Went in about 3 miles from south trailhead. Only a few muddy patches in the first half mile and then the trail was much drier. Mellow grade, some ups and downs ad mostly very walkable terrain. Highly recommend for those new to hiking.

over grown
9 months ago

Pretty over grown but the camping sites were beautiful and made for a good time.

over grown
11 months ago

Hiked through from North to South from Friday to Sunday (6/21-6/23). The weather and trail was amazing. However, the overgrowth was kicking in so I wouldn’t recommend doing the trail much later than the end of June.

Fri Aug 24 2018

Through hiked this, solo, camped at lake. Gorgeous views. Mellow trail. Terribly overgrown and challenging for middle six miles. Very low visibility and somewhat exhausting. I don’t recommend this section of trail in late summer. Huge amounts of berries on north side. Most berries on south side were gone but mushrooms were in profusion.

Mon May 07 2018

I used to guide backpacking trips on this trail when I was 18 and 19 (32 now!) The full hike was amazing, yes mosquitos, yes cold at night, yes very rainy- but totally worth it for the pristine wilderness and waterfall (see my b and w photo) hoping to go back next year and do this trail again :)

Sun Jul 23 2017

Biking today - beautiful weather great sunshine! Rode up about 4 miles saw a few bear scats and two overnight bear sleeping areas. Decided to play it safe and not venture too far. Trail design seem used as much this year as last year - after 2 miles a lot of overgrown brush and narrow path.

Sat Apr 29 2017

Hiked this July 2013 and it was extremely grown over. Lots of bushwhacking and a billion mosquitoes. Beautiful spots to camp, plus successful lake fishing. We camped at one of the sites near the lake. Didn't go the full 20 miles but did about 9 miles round trip. Recommend!

Sat May 14 2016

We didn't go all the way, only about 2 miles out and back, but it's a fairly easy trail. We went in mid spring and there was an avalanche blocking the path so that was fun to go over.

Wed Jul 13 2011

My wife and i did this hike all the way from end to end with our two dogs. It is a fairly mild hike, with a few mild inclines hear and there. Be sure to bring your bug spray, as they almost carried us away. Or poor dogs were constantly rolling in the mud to get away from the flies. There is a nice camping area about halfway heading from the south to north. We were pleasantly surprised to find a nice little pond hidden behind the trees of our campsite. Be sure to keep an ear out for a couple of waterfalls that are not directly visible from the trails. We did see a little sign of bear, but only sign.

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