Considered to be one of the best trails to hike in the Chugach mountain range, this epic 23 mile hike takes you from Girdwood to the Eagle River Nature Center. Following part of the Historic Iditarod Trail, this trail offers diverse scenic sights including glaciers, alpine lakes, waterfalls. wildlife, and so much more! Most people take two to three days to finish the trail, however, one day traverses are possible (plan for it to take you at least 12 hours for the average hiker).
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Distance. uphill travel, weather changes (rain, snow, sleet, fog, sun), snowy slopes, rock scree, eroded trails sections, river crossings, dense vegetation, ladder/ropes, wildlife, and occasional sections of trail closed due to wildlife activity (e.g. bear kill of a moose on or near the trail).
About half-way through the hike, you will need to ford/cross Eagle River. The crossing is generally 150-200 feet across and the water height
varies from knee-high to waist-high on a daily basis. There are established white stakes at either side of the river crossing.
These stakes are there to guide you where to cross the river. Start at one white stake and aim for the white stake on the other side
of the river. Be prepared, the water is COLD and depending on the water height, the current can be swift.
Please watch the below video from Chugach State Park for some great info on fording Eagle River: