Five Scouts and two Adults hiked 24.1 miles through Crow Pass on Saturday,June 25th, 2016. The day was overcast with the occasional rain shower, which kept the temperature down so the hikers would not get too hot. The scouts from Troop 219 left Girdwood at 8am and were picked up at the Eagle River Nature Center at 10pm the same day. The 24 mile hike took 14 hours to complete.
According to Nikki Sellers, one of the two adults on the hike, the most memorable part of the day was when they had to cross two rivers. The widest crossing was approximately 50 yards wide and the very cold glacier water in the river came to the hiker’s hips. After successfully crossing the river, the hikers stopped for lunch. The scouts from Troop 219 reached the peak two hours after starting the hike.
Another memorable part of the hike was when the scouts had to traverse a snow field that was filled with wet, heavy snow that was on a 45 degree slope. I am sure it would have felt like one wrong move and they might have tumbled down the mountain. The 24 mile Crow Pass hike was long and arduous, and the scouts who completed it should feel very proud of their accomplishment.