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Johnson Pass Professional Review and Guide
"Between 1908 and 1910, the Alaska Road Commission constructed a trail for packhorses and dog teams through Johnson Pass en route to the gold fields of the Iditarod area. The first shipment of gold, more than a half million dollars worth, left Iditarod in December 1911 and took 54 days to reach Seward. This popular point-to-point trail follows portions of that route, now designated the Iditarod National Historic Trail. The country is a beautiful mix of forest and alpine terrain, placid lakes, and rowdy streams. The terrain is good for mountain biking, although the trail can be muddy, and there is potential for conflict with hikers."
--Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr., 55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska (The Mountaineers Books).
Awesome trail to hike. Gorgeous waterfalls, lots of berries (blueberries, currants, etc.) Highly recommend if you are going to be in the area and have a couple days. Good fishing at Bench and Johnson lakes as well. Bring a gun or bear spray though, and be loud! Bears are very active on this trail.
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