MOOSE PASS, AK.
Blink twice and you might miss it on your way to Seward, but Moose Pass has all the charm and outdoor activities to fulfill your adventure needs! Approximately 100 miles south of Anchorage and 28 miles north of Seward, the town of 219 is surrounded by the Chugach National Forest and Kenai Mountains. It offers numerous hiking trails, as well as fishing and sightseeing opportunities.
Moose Pass was originally “settled” in 1909, as a stop for gold miners on their way north. Most prospectors moved through, but some stayed in the area and established gold mines at Crown Point, East Point, and Falls Creek. As the railroad headed this direction, the town served as a construction camp, which led way to sawmills being built, to supply timber for hemlock ties. The town was officially established in 1928, which, largely due to the Estes family, brought about a post office and grocery store (which is still in use today). The town is designated as a National Heritage Community.
Within this area alone, fishing may be found at Tern, Trail, Lower Kenai, Carter, Crescent, Grayling, Meridian, Leech, Ptarmigan, Jerome, and Vogt Lake, as well as Trail and Snow River and numerous creeks feeding this waterways. While some are stocked, they do offer ample rainbow trout and grayling opportunities. Countless salmon may be viewed at Tern Lake, which is also a popular bird viewing area.
If you are looking for a scenic hike, the trails in the vicinity offer something for every skill level and length. More challenging alpine traverses such as Johnson Pass and Lost Lake Trails are nearby, but there are also shorter trails around the Primrose area, which are usually designated with signs from the road.
If you should find yourself here in the winter, snowmachine riding, ice fishing, skating, and cross-country skiing all may found locally.