Hiking the 24-mile Crow Pass crossing in early summer involves passing from spring to winter and back to spring, especially after a winter of record snowfall in Southcentral Alaska. Following a hiker with especially large feet who broke trail made all the difference.

Still, the journey took all day. Not until 11:30 p.m. did the hikers reach the Eagle River Nature Center, where, thankfully, a couple of cold ones awaited in cooler in the car.

Even though the Crow Pass Crossing footrace is a little more than a month away, plenty of deadfall remained on the national historic trail. How, one wonders enroute, can anyone race this trail in under three hours? But they have.