Moose Pass

Moose Pass Locator MapMoose Pass is located on the Kenai Peninsula, 98 miles south of Anchorage and 29 miles north of Seward.

Population: 189

Visitor Information: Moose Pass Chamber of Commerce, phone (907) 288-3101.

This is a charming mountain village located on the shores of scenic Upper Trail Lake. Moose Pass began as a construction camp on the Alaska Railroad in 1912. Local resident Ed Estes attributed the name Moose Pass to a 1904 observation by Nate White of the first moose recorded in this area. Another version holds that “in 1903, a mail carrier driving a team of dogs had considerable trouble gaining the right-of-way from a giant moose.” A post office was established in 1928 and first postmistress Leora (Estes) Roycroft officially named the town Moose Pass.

Trail Lake Lodgein Moose Pass offers dining and lodging, while slightly further north, the Inn at Tern Lakealso provides lodging with fishing guides available. The Estes Brothers Groceries and Water Wheelhas snacks, deli, grocieries, ATM and more; Crazy Moose Studioscarries heirlooms exclusively carried here by the owners/artists; but no gas station. A post office and highway maintenance station are located in Moose Pass.


  • Annual Moose Pass Summer Festival takes place the weekend nearest summer solstice (June 21): triathlon, arts and crafts booths, a barbecue, auction and other events.
  • Pedal the 1.3-mile-long paved bike trail along scenic Trail Lake.
  • Photograph the historic waterwheel, a duplicate of the one Ed Estes’ stepfather, Frank Roycroft, built in 1928. The original waterwheel used to cut lumber for the family’s homestead.