Resurrection Pass Trail (page 2)

The following is a description of our hike beginning from the Cooper Landing Trailhead and going to the Hope Trailhead.  Buzzkill brought his GPS so we would have more accurate mileage information than when I had previously been using a pedometer.  For the first four miles of the trail we climbed slowly and steadily upward.  Despite the fact that I was carrying 40 pounds, once I had been going for about a half an hour my lungs and heart adjusted.

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At mile 4 there was a wooden post with an arrow pointing and indicating a quarter mile to the first campsite.  At this post we turned to the right and followed a short side trail to an overlook of a huge waterfall.  There Red Leader spread her ground cloth and we sat and ate lunch.  The area appeared big enough for about three tents and would be a terrific site to camp if you like the sound of a crashing waterfall. 

Two tenths of a mile further along the trail across a bridge we found a large enough campsite for four or five tents.  This was the first accessible creek where drawing water is easy.  This was the first area we encountered that we considered heavily populated by mosquitoes.  It would be a mistake to pass the waterfall without repellant on, unless it was either very windy or raining hard.  Unfortunately for us, it was sunny and beautiful, with just a slight breeze.

At mile 6.9 we found another small camp area.  A sign tacked to a tree stated that there was a wasp's nest under the bridge and advised to tread lightly.  There were a number of wooden bridges in this stretch of the trail, so we walked carefully on all of them.

At mile 7.2 there is a signpost with arrows directing travelers to Juneau Lake (which we wanted as this is the Resurrection Pass Trail) and a side trail to Trout Lake.

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At mile 8.4 we reached Falls Creek.  There were campsites around the bridges here.

At mile 9 we reached Romig Cabin.  The cabin sits right on Juneau Lake.  It features four bunk platforms, the bottom two of which can sleep two.  A table sits between the bunks, so the bottom bunks double as seating for the table.  There is a small wood burning stove near the entry door and a place to prepare food next to that.  The cabin is bug tight, so as long as nobody holds the door open, the cabin provides refuge from insects.  There was an axe and a saw for cutting and chopping wood for the fire.  Next to the lake the forest service leaves a rowboat that has seen better days.  Patching an aluminum boat is yet another proven use for duct tape!  The oars and life jackets are behind the door in the cabin.  We had fun taking an evening paddle around the lake, and spotted a beaver as the sun was setting.  A fire ring lies just a few yards from the door of cabin.  Across the trail and up a short path, one can find a forest service toilet.  There was no toilet paper.

At mile 9.4 we came across Juneau Lake Cabin.  It is exactly like Romig Cabin, except it has a better looking boat.

At mile 10.1 there was another campground marked by a post.

At mile 10.7 there was another campground.

At mile 12.1 there was a post indicating go straight to Swan Lake or turn right to Devil's Pass.  We turned right and continued on Resurrection Trail.  Rumor has it that the Swan Lake trail features a cabin about a mile in.

At mile 12.9 we found a sign that indicated an alternate route to Swan Lake.  I would imagine that, instead of staying on the main trail, a party could take this trail, stay at Swan Lake cabin, and then meet up with Resurrection Trail at mile 12.1.

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At 13.6 we found another campsite.

At 15.7 we found another campsite.

At mile 16.6 we reached Devil's Pass Cabin.  This cabin is different than the previous ones in several ways.  First, all four bunks are single person.  But there is a loft that can sleep another two to four people, depending on how cozy they want to get.  Also, there is no wood stove.  We were at 2400 feet, well above tree line.  So for heating, there is an oil heater.  Unfortunately, the heater was out of oil.  There are clear instructions on how to run the thing, but these instructions indicate that oil is necessary.  Next time we do this, we will probably bring an MSR bottle of either #1 stove oil or kerosene.  The instructions indicated that either one would work.   Even though we were hiking at the warmest time of the year, it was cold and rainy up at the cabin.  We were so glad we had our polar fleece clothing to keep us warm.  Red Leader explained that the reason she never does this hike without Devil's Pass Cabin reserved rests on the fact that more often than not she runs into inclement weather in the Pass.  Just behind the cabin flows a creek, so we refilled our water containers using our filter pumps.

Right in front of the cabin, the trail forks.  The trail leading out to the outhouse continues on down to Devil's Pass Trailhead that can be found between mile markers 39 and 40 on the Seward Highway.  Red Leader explained that if she wants to do a three day hike instead of four, she would either start or finish using the Devil's Pass Trail, which is about 10 miles to the cabin.

At mile 18.9 we reached Resurrection Pass Summit, with an elevation of 2,655 feet.  We were in the middle of beautiful lush green alpine meadows completely surrounded by mountains.

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At mile 23.8 we reached a campsite just before East Creek.

At mile 25.9 we found a campsite on the right side of the trail. 

Just a few steps beyond the campground was East Creek Cabin.  Again, this cabin is the same style as the one at Romig, but it has a creek from which to draw water rather than a lake.  We stopped at this cabin to rest and eat lunch.  People often do this, but if the adventurers who rented the cabin show up, it should be vacated immediately to allow them to settle in.  Fortunately, nobody stopped to claim the cabin while we were eating lunch.

At mile 26.8 we reached the last cabin we would stay at on our trek - Fox Creek Cabin.  The cabin is about a tenth of a mile off the trail.  It is the same style of cabin as Romig and East Creek and features the same facilities, with spectacular mountain views from the front porch.  All I could do for about an hour after arriving was sit and dangle my feet over the porch and take in the view.  The floor of this cabin is very weak, and I suspect will eventually become hazardous.  For some reason, porcupines come at night and gnaw on the bottom of this cabin.  Several entries in the cabin's journal discuss the gnawing sound at night.  I did not hear a thing, but I was probably too tired.

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At mile 28.7 we found a campsite.

At mile 31.2 we found another campsite.

A tenth of a mile after that, at mile 31.3, lies Caribou Creek Cabin.  I did not go in and check this cabin out, but I understand it is the same as the Romig, East Creek and Fox Creek cabins.

At mile 33 there was another campsite.

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At mile 34.2 we found the last campsite on the trip.

 

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