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Power Creek Trail in Cordova

August 5, 2015

Located near the mouth of the Copper River is a small town called Cordova. There are no roads connecting the town of 2,200 people so you can only access it by plane or ferry.

So obviously we had to go explore it!

We, joined by four great friends caught an evening flight to Cordova from Anchorage.

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We booked a flight on Ravn, and were the majority on the small plane (6 of the 9 passengers). To say we felt like we had chartered a private jet was an understatement – we even got cookies on board!

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The flight to Cordova is short – only about 45 minutes – and features breathtaking views of glaciers and mountains that far too few people get to see.

Since we took a late Friday night flight, we decided not to begin our backpacking adventure until Saturday morning. Instead, we got tent spots at a local place just outside of town.

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Sunset from the tent, looking over the water

We had to get some supplies in town (namely fuel for the JetBoil so we could cook campfood), and decided to have dinner in town at a local spot.

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DINNER

harborA delicious dinner (and tequila shots) were the perfect way to kick off the weekend! The restaurant had a view of the harbor, so it was awesome seeing all the boats and seagulls. Commercial fishing is one of the big industries in Cordova.

The next morning, it was time to head up to the trailhead. We took the Power Creek trail to the Power Creek cabin, for a trip around 4 miles. The start of the hike was… interesting with some nerve-wracking spots, but after 3/4 of a mile, the trail leveled out and it was mostly smooth sailing.

The cabin had beautiful views of the valley, and we were able to spot some Dall Sheep on a cliff far away. We took our wine down to the river to be chilled while setting up inside the cabin. After everyone had their sleep spots made, we retrieved the wine and had dinner and games.

The next morning, we awoke to a rainy rainy day, and a wet hike out.

Along the way, we ate more than our share of salmonberries – reminiscent of blackberries, they’re tart and delicious! Alex particularly stopped every chance he got to take some berries from the bears.

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spawning salmon

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The beginning of the hike: all smiles!

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Travis’ selfie arms are perfect for group photos

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Here’s a spot that got tricky: beavers had dammed up a spot on the river that flowed near the trail, causing the trail to get flooded. The boys graciously took off their shoes and crossed a glacier fed ‘pond’ carrying the girls and their packs.

That may have been my favourite part: being carried over matt’s shoulder with a 35lb pack on my back.

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So many salmonberries!

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Our public use cabin was so cute!

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View from the cabin. Amazing.

View from the cabin. Amazing.

 

 

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Dinner and games

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We saw a lot of beaver dams and two beaver lodges!

 

End of hike, much wetter than we began. Also, the cool kids wear blue.

End of hike, much wetter than we began.
Also, the cool kids wear blue.

 

Here’s the trail we used:

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[Click image to enlarge] Map courtesy of the Forest Service

Cordova was a beautiful town to explore, with so much to offer the outdoorsman. Home to one of the largest population of salmon, the Copper River delta is well-known for it’s fish. It’s also incredibly close to Child’s glacier and the Million Dollar Bridge. In the summer, Cordova also hosts several cool festivals (umm, Iceworm festival anyone?). While it is expensive to go visit (our airfare was ~$300 each), it has a lot of character and Alaskan charm that can’t be missed.

 

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