Jewel Mountain

Girdwood, Alaska

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Although Crow Pass often throngs with hikers, nearby Jewel Mountain remains overlooked and rarely visited. It was not always such a quiet place, however. The mountain’s western slopes—dotted with old trails, littered with rusted cans, punctured by mine shafts—attest to a different era, when miners spent decades digging through Jewel’s heaps of scree in search of gold. Although Jewel’s mining days are long past, it now offers something even more valuable: solitude. This isn’t a trip for the beginner. Climbing Jewel requires some scrambling, and takes you closer to a glacier’s edge than some might care to go. The upper part of the route can stay snowy late into the summer. But navigate carefully and you’ll find Jewel’s secluded summit just a short walk from the well-worn Iditarod Trail.
50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park

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50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park

by Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak (The Mountaineers Books)

Although Crow Pass often throngs with hikers, nearby Jewel Mountain remains overlooked and rarely visited. It was not always such a quiet place, however. The mountain’s western slopes—dotted with old trails, littered with rusted cans, punctured by mine shafts—attest to a different era, when miners spent decades digging through Jewel’s heaps of scree in search of gold.

Although Jewel’s mining days are long past, it now offers something even more valuable: solitude. This isn’t a trip for the beginner. Climbing Jewel requires some scrambling, and takes you closer to a glacier’s edge than some might care to go. The upper part of the route can stay snowy late into the summer. But navigate carefully and you’ll find Jewel’s secluded summit just a short walk from the well-worn Iditarod Trail.

©  Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 3,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-6
Driving Directions: Directions to Jewel Mountain

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May 2018