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Backpacker Magazine – January 2011

Rip & Go: Crow Pass Trail - Chugach State Park, AK

Cross the west edge of the Chugach for glaciers, bears, and wildflowers.

by: Kristy Holland

Raven Glacier near Crow Pass (Hage Photo)
Raven Glacier near Crow Pass (Hage Photo)
Patagonia Simple Guide Pants (Courtesy Photo)
Patagonia Simple Guide Pants (Courtesy Photo)
Reader Expert Gina Spangler (Courtesy Photo)
Reader Expert Gina Spangler (Courtesy Photo)
Reader Expert Laura Kruger (Courtesy Photo)
Reader Expert Laura Kruger (Courtesy Photo)

Download a printable version of this entire trip right here.

On The Menu

Breakfast 1
Breakfast at the Bake Shop in Girdwood
Lunches 1 & 2  
Peanut butter and honey flour tortilla roll-ups
Dinner 1
Faux Crow Cranberry Rice
Breakfast 2
Chugach Oats and Honey
Trail Mix, granola bars

Prairie Pesto
A fresh pasta dinner

4 ounces spaghetti noodles
1/2 cup mushrooms
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons dried basil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook spaghetti in boiling water, then drain. (Water is scarce; set aside for tea.) Stir in olive oil and all remaining ingredients. Mix well and eat.

Chugach Oats and Honey
A hot, hearty, tasty, gooey breakfast

1¾ cup water
1 cup quick oats
¼ cup almonds, sliced
3 teaspoons honey
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch salt

Combine water, oats, salt in a small pot; cook per instructions. Combine almonds, honey, cinnamon in a bowl. Add cooked oatmeal to bowl; stir thoroughly. Serves 2.

The Grocery List (Aisle # in Nearest Store Below)

[  ]  dried cranberries (produce)
[  ]  dried mushrooms (produce)
[  ]  trail mix (1)
[  ]  granola bars (1)
[  ]  quick oats (3)
[  ]  1 pouch chicken (3)
[  ]  dried onion (3)
[  ]  sliced almonds (3)
[  ]  dried parsley (3)
[  ]  jar peanut butter (4)
[  ]  jar honey (4)
[  ]  package flour tortillas (4)
[  ]  instant rice (4)
[  ]  chicken bouillon (4)

Pack Salt, cinnamon, garlic powder

Pit Stop
Swing by Girdwood’s Bake Shop before hitting the trail. Order the Summer of ’76 Special (pancakes, eggs, bacon) and a sweet roll smothered in an almond-lemon glaze. Alyeska Building Unit C, Olympic Circle, Girdwood, AK; (907) 783-2831

Nearest Grocery Store
Crow Creek Mercantile
147 Hightower St.
Girdwood, AK
(907) 783-3900

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