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CROW PASS CABIN, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: Rear view of Crow Pass Cabin
Status: Closed through Fri May 29 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

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 September 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.

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 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.

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.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • First Aid Kit
  • Heater
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Snow shovel
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
  • Trails
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Historic Sites
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • Inclement weather may cause an unexpected extension of the trip; bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days
  • Crow Pass Trail is in a hazardous avalanche zone and not recommended for winter use; snow storms and whiteouts are frequent above treeline, but the trail is usually snow-free by mid-June
  • Water is not available at the cabin
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Click here for more information about Chugach National Forest

  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
61.05111, -149.10889
61°3'4"N, 149°6'32"W

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.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CROW PASS CABIN
ALYESKA HWY & MONARCH MINE RD
GIRDWOOD  AK  99587

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)783-3242
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