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Photos: Hiking Crow Pass in Southcentral Alaska

The view from Crow Pass, looking north to Eagle River.
Courtesy Frank Baker
Crow Pass, looking south with Raven glacier visible behind.
Courtesy Frank Baker
Composite photo of Raven Glacier, at Crow Pass.
Frank Kovalchek / flickr
Detail of Raven Glacier, at Crow Pass.
Frank Kovalchek / flickr
The view of the switchback trail, from the Girdwood side to the pass.
Frank Kovalchek / flickr
Crow Pass, looking towards Girdwood.
Aaron Leavy / flickr
Hikers crossing a stream near the top of Crow Pass.
US Army / flickr
A lake at Crow Pass.
Frank Kovalchek / flickr
The view of Eagle glacier, near the halfway point of the crossing.
Courtesy Frank Baker

Hiking the 24-mile Crow Pass crossing in early summer involves passing from spring to winter and back to spring, especially after a winter of record snowfall in Southcentral Alaska. Following a hiker with especially large feet who broke trail made all the difference.

Still, the journey took all day. Not until 11:30 p.m. did the hikers reach the Eagle River Nature Center, where, thankfully, a couple of cold ones awaited in cooler in the car.

Even though the Crow Pass Crossing footrace is a little more than a month away, plenty of deadfall remained on the national historic trail. How, one wonders enroute, can anyone race this trail in under three hours? But they have.

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