Rodak Nature Trail: Great condition.
Albert Loop: CLOSED 8/17/17 until further notice. This is a yearly Chugach State Park closure that is strictly enforced. Salmon have returned to spawn and brown bears (one with a cub) are fishing, sometimes very close to the trail. Let's keep our bears wild and people safe. There are many other trail options at the Nature Center, including the Crow Pass Trail and Dew Mound Trail.
Historic Iditarod Trail/Crow Pass Trail (ERNC Trailhead) to Echo Bend: Open, some muddy and wet spots.
Dew Mound Trail: Some muddy and wet spots, otherwise great back-country hiking.
The Dew Mound sections are narrower, rockier, and have tree roots. There's also about 600 ft of elevation gain.
Feel free to call us for trail condition updates during our open hours (Oct-April: Friday-Sunday, 10am-5pm; May-Sept: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm): 907-694-2108.
Sorry, bicycles are not allowed on our trails with the exception of winter bike access to the Eagle River using the north segment of the
Albert Loop Trail.
Dog owners: Please remember to keep your dog(s) on a leash on the Rodak Trail, Albert Loop Trail and first mile of the Dew Mound and Iditarod Trail. Please be responsible trail users and pickup after your dogs. Bags are available at the trail head sign at the ERNC.
For weather information at the Nature Center, visit: http://pafc.arh.noaa.gov/mesonet.php
Crow Pass Trail, 10/19/17:
Some hikers came across this past Sunday (10/15/17). They reported 4-5" of snow up in the pass. Water at the ford site was low, below the knees.
Trail in good condition. We did hear from the folks at Chugach National Forest, and they say there were reports of snow coming down to where
the two trails separate heading up into the pass (a few inches). It was rumored that there was 6-12 inches up at the Cabin on Wednesday (10/11/17),
but since then some melted with the recent sun. Everyday is different, but basically be prepared for snow up in the pass this time of year
(and of course cold temperatures, it's currently 28 degrees at the Nature Center). Please keep in mind that once the snow starts accumulating,
there is no marked trail to follow. Additionally, the the Girdwood side of the trail is in some dangerous avalanche terrain, so thru-hiking
during the winter season is not advised.A good comparison for snow levels up in Crow Pass would be the snow report at the Alyeska Ski Resort
(http://www.alyeskaresort.com/snow-report, measured at the Glacier Bowl Express Weather
Station, elevation 2750' - Crow pass is at ~3500' in elevation). We can not and do not guarantee trail conditions at any given point or time.
Please remember the river ford site conditions can and do change daily, be prepared for anything from knee high to waist high.
For trail updates on the Girdwood side of the Crow Pass Trail, please contact the Chugach National Forest Girdwood Ranger station at: 907-783-3242.
Please check out the Crow Pass Trail Facebook page for more information and hiker posts or call us at the Nature Center, 907-694-2108:
Crow Pass Trail Facebook Page