Crow Pass Trail information from SCA Alaska Leader Team 2017 Final Report, by Whitney Vogel & Nick Batt
Summer has flown by for the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance! While it hasn't snowed in Anchorage yet, the snow is inching closer and closer down the Chugach Mountains. This year has been full of new opportunities for the Alliance as we look to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Iditarod National Historic Trail and the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018. One such opportunity was sponsoring our first SCA crew this summer to perform trail work in Chugach State Park.
A section of the Iditarod National Historic Trail that is a part of the Crow Pass Trail called the ‘Perch’– a scenic area four miles from the Eagle River Nature Center Trailhead, was in desperate need of a reroute due to the Eagle River’s continued erosion of the riverbank and trail. Working with Chugach State Park with funding provided by the Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, the SCA crew was able to lay a solid foundation for the reroute needed.
The SCA Leader Team spent two weeks on the Crow Pass Trail clearing an area for a future 1,300 foot trail re-route and working with rocks to create some initial steps for the new section of trail. The crew packed in tools and camped near Icicle Creek, about 5 miles in to the Crow Pass Trail from the Eagle River end.
Crew members reported they could feel a real sense of connection to such a significant recreational trail for Alaska. They were enthralled by the spectacular views and felt fortunate to give back to this historic and unique place.