Alaska March 25, 2017
The Tiny Town In Alaska You’ve Never Heard Of But Will Fall In Love With
From Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage, head south on the Seward Highway for about 100 miles towards the enchanting little alpine village of Moose Pass. Keep your eyes peeled, because if you blink – you just might miss this charming little town on the Kenai Peninsula. This picturesque town with a population around roughly 200 residents is situated on the shores of Upper Trail Lake at milepost 29.5 on the Seward Highway, and what it has to offer is truly unique. Just see for yourself…
Head south on the Seward Highway towards the town of Moose Pass.
The views along the way are sure to delight you with eye-candy, no matter what the season may be.
Be sure to stop at the Sterling Highway Junction to soak in the majestic mirrored reflections at Tern Lake.
This scenic stop is sure to delight every photographer in your crowd.
Enjoy majestic mountains, mirrored reflections in the lake, wildlife viewing and excellent birding opportunities.
Continue down the road about ten miles before reaching this tiny little mountain town nestled in the Chugach Mountains.
Welcome to Moose Pass, Alaska. Population 200.
When the original Iditarod Trail was blazed from Seward (heading north) to transport gold and supplies, the abundance of moose in the area prompted the town to be named Moose Pass.
Today the town remains small and picturesque with not a lot of industry whatsoever.
In town you'll find a church, lodge, restaurant, trading post and not much more. Simply put; if you blink, you'll probably miss it.
Although the town is small and unassuming, it is filled with history.
Make sure you check out the timeline of events the next time you visit Moose Pass, which will give you a major dose of information on the local history and culture.
Local residents in Moose Pass are highly dedicated to preserving the purity and tranquil beauty of the wilderness that surrounds this area.
The surrounding trails, lakes, forests and wildlife are cherished by locals, who work hard to maintain their untouched, pristine beauty.
Situated on the shores of Upper Trail Lake, you might not know that Moose Pass is a very popular destination for summertime visitors from all around the world.
While many might associate Moose Pass as simply 'the town you drive through when heading to Seward' - it is actually quite the major attraction within itself.
Hiking, wildlife viewing, flying and flight-seeing are just a few of the local activities that attract visitors to Moose Pass from all around the world each year.
You can even take a once-in-a-lifetime trip on the renowned Alaska Railroad down through the town of Moose Pass and on into Seward.
Be sure to have your camera ready because the sights along the way are utterly breathtaking!
Overnight at the Trail Lake Lodge or the Inn at Tern Lake and be sure to set your alarm early enough to catch the sunrise.
Because if you don't, we can almost guarantee that you'll regret it. How magical is this? Simply incredible!
A truly unique attraction in town is the first waterwheel in Alaska, which was constructed in 1928 by Frank Roycroft.
Over the years the waterwheel has been maintained and restored by Frank Roycroft's stepsons and grandsons, and today it is still on display off the side of the road in town.
A must visit when you are in town!
You'll also find many charming and quirky adornments throughout town, which are sure to make you smile.
I mean, who wouldn't love to be greeted by a cute moose carving?
Whatever you do, don't leave town without indulging in some of the best homemade fudge of your life from the Moose Drop-In Trading Post.
With a variety of fantastic flavors, hospitable service by friendly locals and a really lovely gift shop as well - this is a hidden gem that everyone should visit before leaving town. Plus after one bite of fudge, we can guarantee that you'll be craving to come back to Moose Pass sooner than later!
For a closer look into this tiny little gem of a town, check out the YouTube video and experience what Moose Pass looks like from the aerial perspective of a seaplane flight.
Be sure to also check out these
15 mountain towns in Alaska that are straight out of a storybook. The one small town in Alaska where you’ll never want to sleep is also nearby to Moose Pass, and you’re sure to love it. For more great articles and incredible video footage from Alaska, be sure to check us out online HERE.