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Moose Pass

Posted: January 19, 2015 - 1:27pm  |  Updated: March 12, 2015 - 1:19pm
A moose calf and mother rest along the Bernie Huss trail in Kenai.  Rashah McChesney
Rashah McChesney
A moose calf and mother rest along the Bernie Huss trail in Kenai.

Originally a camp for miners, loggers, and workers on the Alaska Railroad, Moose Pass had by 1928 grown large enough to be given a post office, along with an official name and recognition as a town.

The post office, once served by the famous Iditarod mail route, is still at the geographical center of this small community squeezed between the surrounding mountains and the shore of Trail Lake.

The local scenery is a part of Chugach National Forest, managed by the US Forest Service. Visitors can enter this scenery through a network of local hiking trails. The south trailhead of the 28 mile Johnson Pass Trail, which follows the old Iditarod route to Granite Creek, is found by the shore of Trail Lake. The three and a half mile Carter Lake Trail leads hikers to its namesake mountain lake, as well as the nearby Crescent Lake.

For more information about campgrounds available within Chugach National Forest, click here, and for trail information, click here.

The Moose Pass Solstice Festival, held June 21st, makes the longest day of the year the liveliest as the festival includes three days of games, music, and food.

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