Tucked away in the peaceful shore of Upper Trail Lake on the Kenai Peninsula lies a scenic mountain town called Moose Pass. This popular Alaskan destination is surrounded by the rugged beauty of Chugach National Forest. Due to its location, this region is rife with hiking trails and epic viewpoints. Just 100 miles from Anchorage, Moose Pass is a popular place to visit for visitors and nearby locals alike.
One of the best trails in the area is called Johnson Pass Trail. This 23-mile trail wraps around a 1,550-foot alpine pass, winding around two small alpine lakes. The trail is part of the original Iditarod Trail, a 1,000-mile trail that stretches between Seward and Nome. Other popular trails include:
- Carter Lake Trail
- Victor Creek Trail
- Ptarmigan Creek Trail
- Lost Lake Trail
For those hoping to take in the rugged beauty of the Chugach National Forest in the best way possible, the park is littered with US Forest Service cabins that can be reserved in advance. You can hike in, enjoy the gorgeous scenery and abundant wildlife for a few days and nights then hike back out. It’s the perfect place to spend a few days to rest, relax and recharge before plugging back into the busy world back home.
If you plan your flight to the jet charter airport in Moose Pass just right, you may be able to make it to the anticipated Summer Solstice Festival. For more than two decades, residents get together around June 21st to celebrate the longest day of the year. There’s always plenty of food, games, and live entertainment. It’s one of the most anticipated festivals in the entire state of Alaska.