Rodak, Crow Pass, and Dew Mound Loop

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Eagle River Nature Center

Rodak, Crow Pass, and Dew Mound Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Eagle River, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.6 miElevation gain941 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashBackpackingCampingHikingNature tripsRunningForestLakeRiverViews
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Ashley Brinkman
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HikingIcy

Great trail, well maintained. Icy under the snow in most areas, highly recommended spikes. Nice to see trail was clean (no bags of poop or dog poop!) and all the trail users had control of their dogs.

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ReBecca Hawk
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HikingGreat!
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Steve Kirkeby
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Alexandra Hotard
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Hiking

Really enjoyed this one. It is in the forest so we did not feel the rain much. Lots of mushrooms in the way-take a basket!

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Jilleen Charette
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Hiking

Great trail to access the views at Echo Bend. Perfect for trail running. Mostly shaded with some sun breaking through. Definitely wear bug spray!

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Ryan Fordt
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Elizabeth Marcucci
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Hiking

Hiked this trail on 23 May and it was wonderful. The trail was in good shape with hardly any muddy spots or other obstacles. There were lots of folks out with their dogs since it's a relatively friendly hike with only a few spots of steep elevation climbs. The views were outstanding since the trail sometimes skirts the river, but there's also a beautiful waterfall that you can see after you go beyond the loop and down the crow pass trail for another mile or two. There were a few fire rings near what looked to be great campsites, but I haven't researched if you're allowed to camp there.

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Ashly Crow
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5/15/2020 around 9pm ran into a mama black bear with 2 babies near the lake. They didn’t bother us. Trail was great. Just be aware.

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MannyandJordan Baez
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Muddy in some areas, otherwise a beautiful hike for beginners and older kids. We only saw one black bear that was not interested in us at all. The lake is small, but the view is beautiful.

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Sandra Durand
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HikingBugsMuddy

A little muddy in some places but pretty perfect otherwise -- nice little walk through the woods :)

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hannah klein
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Was a nice hike, some portions were very rocky and muddy, also many tree roots sticking out of the ground. just watch your footing. Some areas were hard to tell where the trail actually was so just keep your eyes out for the orange markers on the trees. Also saw a brown bear near the trailhead, be bear aware!

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Amanda B
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This was longer than anticipated since the Eagle River Nature Center website listed it as 6 miles. We had three different apps running GPS with an average mileage of about 7.5 miles. There are some short steep sections, but the bigger pain is nearly constant rocks, roots, or both under foot on the Dew Mound trail portion of the hike and somewhat on Crow Pass as well. The Dew Mound trail is tough to follow in some spots, so keep looking for orange flags on trees. There were a couple of small snow/ice patches, but nothing concerning and they'll be gone soon. We saw lots of moose poop and one moose crossing the river at Echo Bend. Overall a beautiful hike.

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Emily Villarreal
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. We just got to the first loop option, so only about 6 km due to whining kids. Pretty snowy and slushy, but we managed to not get too wet just wearing hiking shoes. The mosquitoes are already starting to show up.

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907 Camy
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Hiking

The trail was FUN! Well established , maintained trails. Took bear spray just in case. Views from Dew mound were gorgeous! Yurts are available to reserve. Don’t forget the parking fee- Pay the ERNC. I’ll do this one again!

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Jeff Huit
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Dan Enfield
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Hiking

Great trails Beautiful scenery and great views

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Kim Davidge
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Luke Luke Scherer
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Hiking

Great trail. Easy with some steeper climbs, nothing to extreme. Lots of variations of the loops. All parts pretty heavily trafficked and easy to discern.

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Katie Fulmer
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My first review was for the 4 mile loop of dew mound. Today I completed the entire trail out to echo bend and looped around. It was amazing. I loved the back half of the rocky terrain and the varying shades and sunny areas. It was a fantastic day for the hike. However- I put my Apple Watch on as I walked out of my house. And completing the trail it said 8.11 miles and I had stopped it a couple times and forgotten to restart for a couple minutes after our breaks by the river. So I don’t think this 6.6 miles posted is activate at all. But, other than that- it was great. My dog loved it. The river was high and fast. We saw rafters, too! The last part of the trail is kinda sketchy as we came to a V and didn’t see markings. We veered right and went thru VERY overgrown areas and saw fresh poop (bear? Not nuggets or dog). We didn’t smell any bears and didn’t see any wildlife besides a squirrel, but we for sure were making noise and talking loudly.

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Ian Dicks
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Hiking

Excellent. Took a two year old... on my shoulders... and my six year old walked. The 10 year old Great Dane without any recent trail walking was able to finish, but it was a sweltering 92 degrees. Trail is rocky on the flat section that’s heavily trafficked. Biting flies are prominent along most of the trail, but deep woods kept them at bay. Dew lake is more like a murky pond.

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Bailey Bleakley
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Hiking

Dew mound was a bit tiring and rocky and didn’t have a very clear path. It was still fairly easy to figure out where you needed to be though. We took the Iditarod trail back and it was a little muddy but otherwise great! The views here are beautiful and we even saw a moose!

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