A lively and informative presentation June 4th at the Eagle River Nature Center (ERNC) offered important tips on hiking Crow Pass, the 24-mile trail between Girdwood and the ERNC.
Conducted by ERNC Manager Laura Kruger and former Chugach State Park Ranger Pete Panarese, the program included information on physical conditioning prior to the hike, recommended gear, trail conditions, route hazards, wildlife awareness, no-trace camping and safe methods for fording streams, particularly Eagle River.
“The trail enters a wilderness area,” said Panarese. “Hikers must be self reliant and prepared for contingencies, because help is hours away. Even in summer, extra layers of clothing are essential; including rain gear, a hat and extra socks. Other essentials include some food, a water purification system, first-aid kit, sun block and insect repellent.”
To alert wildlife, Kruger and Panarese noted that it is important to make noise along the trail. They mentioned that traveling in groups has been proved to keep wildlife at a distance. They recommended pepper spray for protection against bears and other wildlife.
The 1-1/2-hour presentation, called “Crow Pass 101,” was attended by about 50 people that filled the small ERNC building.
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