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    Crater Lake Trail

    by Scandic Updated Apr 22, 2005

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    This is very nice hike up to the mountains of Cordova. The real pearl of this hike is Crater lake itself, nesteld up there. When you are all sweaty after the hike, you can enjoy cristal clear but dhilly water and take a skinny dip. This trail was so good that I ran it twice during my stay in Cordova.
    The hike up to the mountains is 2.4 miles long and takes some hours. If you do the whole power Creek loop, it is almost all-day trip with 12.5 miles. Ranger District classifies Crater Lake trail as 'difficult' and heavy-used. The first part of the trail goes up and the road is in ok condition. use still caution whe hiking there, the stones can be slippery. I fall down once when running down and I hurt my ankle, but I kept running anyways:) Not wise thought.

    From DNR pages:
    Several choices allow a variety of recreation experiences for those who choose to hike this trail. Power Creek Cabin (public use cabin) accessed 4.2 miles from the end of Power Creek Road, or a hike up the "Alice Smith Intertie" Trail to a ridge provides spectacular views of Orca Inlet and Eyak Lake and the Delta. The very scenic Crater Lake is set in a alpine bowl. Descent back to Power Creek Road with numerouse switchbacks. A shelter has been constructed on the ridge line portion of Alice Smith interite available on a first-come, first served basis, but always available to those with emrgency needs (hypothermia, etc.) The Crater Lake trail also provides access to a short but steep climb up Eyak Peak. Be prepared for rapid weather changes. Use caution with bear encounters.

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    Heney Ridge Trail

    by Scandic Written Apr 22, 2005

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    This was another very beautiful trail, where you ca expect to see some wild animals. I saw the bear for the first time in my life, it was quite amazing. We did this mostly by running and walking, stopped for some amazing views to Orca Inlet. There was also glacier on the top of the trail, so it was amusing to toll in the snow after hike up. We enjoyed beautiful views and also the starting part of the trail goesl along the woods with amazing high trees! Just breath-taking.

    There are several stops, where you can peek a view of bears catching the salmons from the creek. The forest itself is almost like from 'Lord of the Rings' saga with hight trees and green everywhere:).
    The lenght of the trail is 3.7 miles and Ranger District classifieds it as difficult and medium-used. They point out that there is a chance for wildlife viewing.

    The first 0.3 miles of the Heney Ridge Trail is a wide, flat, crushed aggregate surface offering easy hiking for all ages. From there the trail travels through Spruce/Hemlock forests and open muskegs to an alpine environment at 2000 feet elevation offering views of the Gulf of Alaska and Orca Inlet that are spectacular. The open ridges provide the more experienced hiker the opportunity to explore the surrounding peaks.

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    Power Creek Trail

    by Scandic Written Apr 22, 2005

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    Fall along the Power Creek

    I didn't do the whole trail itself, but this is very popular among hikers as well as bears:) There is also lots of fireweed growing around. Moderate hike. Lovely waterfalls along the walk in the deep gorge. Watch for beaver dams and swans.

    How to Get There:
    Power Creek Trailhead is 6.9 miles from Cordova on Power Creek Road (north of Eyak Lake). Crater Lake Trail is approximately 1.5 miles from Cordova. The Crater Lake trail joins up with a 5.5 mile ridge route that inter-connects the Power Creek and Crater Lake trails. The entire Loop from Crater Lake trailhead to Power Creek trailhead is 12.5 miles.

    Trail Description:
    Several choices allow a variety of recreation experiences for those who choose to hike this trail. Power Creek Cabin (public use cabin) accessed 4.2 miles from the end of Power Creek Road, or a hike up the "Alice Smith Intertie" Trail to a ridge provides spectacular views of Orca Inlet and Eyak Lake and the Delta. The very scenic Crater Lake is set in a alpine bowl. Descent back to Power Creek Road with numerouse switchbacks. A shelter has been constructed on the ridge line portion of Alice Smith interite available on a first-come, first served basis, but always available to those with emrgency needs (hypothermia, etc.) The Crater Lake trail also provides access to a short but steep climb up Eyak Peak. Be prepared for rapid weather changes. Use caution with bear encounters.

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    Child's Glacier

    by GrumpynAM Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Child's Glacier

    We traveled to Child's Glacier in the fall, the drive out here was beautiful and seeing the glacier was awesome. We had a picnic along the shore and watched the bald eagles for quite some time. Then we drove across the "Million Dollar" bridge and hiked around.

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  • Visit the Child's Glacier and...

    by melody129 Updated Oct 5, 2002

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    Visit the Child's Glacier and Million Dollar Bridge. The drive is long (about 50 miles 'out the road'), but the view is worth it. Don't forget to bring your camera as you will see many wild animals such as trumpeter swans, moose, and maybe even black bear on the way. There is also a bird watching area that you can stop at. If you have binoculars you may be lucky enough to see some mountain goats just past Clear Creek.
    When someone said looks can be deceiving, I think this is what they had in mind! This glacier looks big, but it is hard to fathom that it is over 30 stories high, and the river between you and it is over four football fields wide. There are plenty of places to sit and have a picinic lunch, and they even provide an outhouse! (Hey, this is one of the few places where you don't have to go in the woods!)

    When a big chunk of ice falls off (called calving), watch out for the wave. If there is a huge piece that falls get away from the shore fast! Several years ago a woman was trapped when a wave knocked a tree over on her. It is best to watch the glacier from the lookout point provided. When small waves come up on shore watch out for black bears, as they go and scavenge the silver salmon that wash up on shore. Despite the small precautions, this is an absolute must see on your trip.

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  • Its worth the drive up the...

    by Benster Written Feb 25, 2003

    Its worth the drive up the highway to see Child's Glacier. It 'calves' large pieces of ice into the Copper River which is spectacular to see and to hear the awesome cracking and tumbling sounds. Be careful though not to get caught on the riverbank when huge piece unexpectedly calves. The faliing ice creates large waves that on rare occasion have swept people from the bank! The Glacier calving was slow in September when we visited due to the colder weather. The glacier calving is of course more active in the warmer months.
    The drive to the Glacier is long but be sure not to miss things along the way. We took all day to get there and back as we stopped often to see sights. Bald eagles fishing a stream. Trumpeter swans in a marsh pond. Salmon migrating up the narrow streams. A light snow storm passing over the nearby mountain. A moose hunt underway by roadside hunters.

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    Hiking, Biking and Riding

    by LovinlifeinAK Written Jun 2, 2014

    There is so much to do around this quaint fishing village, some of the most pristine hiking trails I've ever been on and amazing views every time you turn around. Haystack Trail is a great short distance trail with an incredible view at the end of the trail. Saddlebag Glacier Trail is a great moderate distance trail that meanders through an older growth forest and then walking beside and sometimes over a small creek until you reach Saddlebag Glacier (it's amazing). If you get the change to use a 4 wheeler, you have to try riding from 8 mile on the north side of the Copper River Highway out to Scott Glacier, it's a little bumpy going over the river rock, BUT well worth it when you take a break on the muskeg and take in the view of the glacier! The Million Dollar Bridge, Child's Glacier and Miles Glacier are all out of reach for the time being. A bridge at 36 mile on the Copper River Highway is out due, so that's off limits so to speak. However, 27 mile is a great place to spend the day or even camp for a few days. There are no facilities available there, but you won't regret going there. The sand dunes, the rivers, more driftwood than you could count, incredible photo opportunities and lots of WILDLIFE (bear, moose, wolf, eagles etc.....) just make sure you pack a jacket with you, if it's windy out you may get a bit chilly.

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    Sheridan Glacier

    by GrumpynAM Updated Feb 10, 2005

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    Sheridan Glacier

    Before you get to Mile 14 (past the airport) along the Copper River Highway is the four mile gravel road leading to Sheridan Glacier. There is a trail that we hiked to get a good view of the glacier.

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    Mile's Glacier

    by GrumpynAM Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mile's Glacier

    You can view Mile's Glacier from the Million Dollar Bridge at mile 48. It's located about five miles across the Copper River.

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