• Activities:

    Running, Backpacking, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    2080 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Forest
Lake
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

Hike a portion of the former supply route to the Iditarod Dogsled Race and view mining ruins alongside the trail. Most importantly enjoy a night of quiet solitude in the Crow Pass Cabin.

Climb 3 miles from the parking lot at the Crow Creek Trailhead to Crow Pass. Waiting for you at Crystal Lake is the quaint A-frame Forest Service Cabin, along with an amazing view of Crystal Lake. The cabin sits just 500 feet off of the main trail upon reaching the pass. Reservations can be made to stay in the cabin through the Forest Service: fs.usda.gov

The trail winds through old mining ruins, evidence of mining operations are scattered around the hillside. Climbing 2,080 feet of elevation in 3 miles, this trail is steep, but the views are worth it. The cabin is located at these coordinates: 61.05555556, -149.1169444. Bring bear spray and be cautious of wildlife.

Enjoy a post-hike meal at the quirky Double Musky Inn where you will enjoy some of the finest Cajun food you'll ever taste, and an interesting dining atmosphere to say the least.

Pack List

  • Running/hiking shoes
  • Camera
  • Lunch
  • Extra layers
  • Plenty of water (the streams are usually okay to filter from)
  • Snacks
  • Bear spray
  • Napkin to wipe the drool from your chin due to amazing scenery!
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I just recently stayed in Crow Pass Cabin and absolutely loved it. The mountains were surrounded by snow and it was a fantastic place to just warm up after hiking the Crow Pass Trail from Eagle River Nature Center.

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Noah Couser Explorer

I'm a professional photographer living and working in Whitefish, Montana. I travel as much as I can with my beautiful wife Megan, and am always scheming a new adventure, or a new way to do an old trip. My passion is the outdoors, and getting people excited about recreating outside. By day, I teach PE and health at the local middle school, by night, I fight crime in a spandex jumpsuit... not really, but I do enjoy taking lots of pictures and working for cool outdoor companies when not at school throwing dodge balls at 8th graders.

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