Moose Pass

Posted: Friday, February 09, 2007

Moose Pass is located 76 miles East of Kenai. The small town has more than 200 residents, with many working at the nearby U.S. Forest Service or commuting 26 miles to Seward for work.

Two men named Oscar Christensen and Mickey Natt founded the town in 1909. The original Iditarod trail blazed straight through Moose Pass in 1911. The small town was known for mining, logging and serving as a transfer site for those heading north.

The longest day of the year is a grand event in the town. The Moose Pass Summer Solstice celebration is a weekend full of fun. On Saturday, the Community Hall is jammed with 20 vendors, a beer garden, live bands, food and activities for the kids. The Moose Pass Sports-man’s Club, the town’s governing body, hosts the event. Dawn Campbell, the club’s secretary, said the funds from the event help the group help others.

“That festival is our one big fundraiser we run everything with,” Campbell said.

In the past, the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club has helped the Kenai Cruisers; an area rowing team and local schools. The group even sponsored dog musher Judy Merritt to compete in a past Iditarod Dog Sled Race.

“Whenever things come up, we pitch in and donate to the cause,” she said.

Campbell said her fellow residents enjoy living in a more rural setting and breathing in the solitude of the Alaskan experience.

The area is also known for its U.S. Forest Service Trails. There are many trails scattered throughout the Chugach National Forest that are maintained and accessible for small hikes or grand adventures.

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