• Winter in the Wrangells

    Wrangell - St Elias

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Backcountry Cabins

The "Too Much Johnson" cabin is located near Chisana.
Most of the public use cabins in Wrangell-St. Elias are accessible only by aircraft.
 

Rustic and Remote
Currently, there are 14 designated public-use cabins located within Wrangell-St. Elias. Most of these cabins were old mining, trapping, or hunting cabins that are located on public land and are now owned by the National Park Service. All cabins are in remote locations and most of these cabins are accessible only by aircraft. One cabin, located at Peavine Bar, is wheelchair accessible.

All of the public-use cabins in Wrangell-St. Elias are very rustic with very few amenities. They are not regularly maintained. You should expect a basic cabin with wooden bunks and a rustic outhouse. Each cabin has a wood stove, but firewood is not stocked by the park. The park does not stock these cabins with water, firewood, dishes, emergency supplies, sleeping pads, or any other amenities. You are responsible for packing everything in and everything out.

The maximum stay in a cabin is seven days in a 30-day period, unless you have written permission from the Superintendent. Most cabins are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and presently do not require reservations. If you plan to stay in one of the first-come, first-served cabins, you should bring camping gear in case the cabin is already occupied. During hunting season the cabins are extremely popular, so be prepared for the cabin to be occupied. It is not appropriate to ask to share a cabin with occupants who are already there.

Reservations
There are three cabins that DO require reservations. Reservations can be made up to six months in advance. We recommend that you submit reservation requests at least two weeks in advance of your desired dates. Cabins are very popular during the months of July and August so plan early if you want to reserve during that time. We try to respond quickly to cabin requests but due to limited staffing, we may not be able to fulfill a request that is submitted within 24 hours of your desired date.

Cabins that MUST be reserved year-round:
Viking Lodge Cabin
Caribou Creek Cabin

For reservations for any of the cabins listed above, please call (907) 822-7253 or e-mail us. Please send us an email if you are contacting us from outside the United States, as we are not able to return calls overseas.

Esker Creek Cabin (near Yakutat)
There is a user fee of $25 per night for this cabin. Reservations are required year-round. For reservations, please call the Yakutat Ranger Station at (907) 784-3295.

All other park public-use cabins do not require reservations.

 
Peavine Cabin is located along the Nizina River

More Information About the Cabins...
Most cabins at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve are in remote locations and require hikers/campers to make appropriate plans. Please plan for a safe trip, as help is not readily available if you get hurt. Many of the cabins are accessible only by aircraft.

All cabins have a woodstove, bunks, and pit toilet. You must bring all personal belongings that you will require, including sleeping and dining equipment. Please leave cabins set up for emergency use and cleaner than when you arrived. Replenish any firewood stored in the cabins for the next user, as firewood is not stocked by the park. Please do not remove or relocate any artifacts or deface any historic buildings. Do not leave food or personal items in the cabins. Please have a safe and enjoyable visit to the public-use cabins at Wrangell-St. Elias!

Click Here for map of all cabins and airstrips

Esker Stream Cabin: Reservations required year-round. Access by air, via a beach landing. Cabin located near Yakutat, AK, in the far southeast corner of the park.

Viking Lodge Cabin: Reservations required year-round. Access by foot or by snowmachine in the winter. Cabin is located about 1/4 mile north of the Nabesna Road. Trailhead is located at mile 22.5 at the Rock Lake Turnout.

Caribou Creek Cabin & Trail: Reservations required year-round. Access by foot or by snowmachine in the winter. Cabin is at the end of the 3-mile Caribou Creek Trail. Trailhead is located at mile 19.5 of the Nabesna Road. Parking is available at mile 18.9.

Nugget Creek Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations taken for this cabin. Access by foot or by air. Cabin can be reached from the 14-mile Nugget Creek Trail. Trailhead is located on the Kotsina Road. Kotsina Rd turn-off is at mile 14.5 of the McCarthy Rd. This cabin tends to be very popular in July and August. We recommend that you bring camping gear in case the cabin is already occupied when you arrive. There is a primitive camping spot nearby the cabin.

Glacier Creek Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations taken for this cabin. Access by air. This cabin is situated 18 miles east of McCarthy, about 1/2 mile south of the Chitistone River.

Chelle Lake Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations taken for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located in the northwest corner of the park, in the vicinity of Mount Drum. Cabin is accessed by aircraft via an extremely rough 800' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier. Light aircraft can go from Gulkana to Chelle Lake airstrip (NPS) in about 20 minutes flying time. Air taxi services may be obtained from operators in Tok, Gulkana, or Nabesna.

This cabin is completely surrounded by private land owned by the Ahtna Native Corporation. If you want to explore, you must obtain a permit to cross land owned by the Ahtna Native Corporation. Boundaries are not clearly marked or documented, so plan to obtain a permit before you go if you think you'll do any sort of exploring. A permit can be obtained from Ahtna by calling (907) 822-3476.

Orange Hill Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations take for this cabin. Access by air. This cabin is located in the Nabesna River valley approximately 13 miles southeast of Nabesna. Cabin is accessed by air via nearby 700' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier. Caution: Airstrip is being heavily eroded and shortened each summer by a bend of the Nabesna River.

Too Much Johnson Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. The cabin is located in Chisana, located 97 miles east of the Gulkana airport. Cabin is accessed via the nearby 1600' Chisana Airstrip (CZN). There are private lands and private residences in Chisana. Please respect private property.

Peavine Cabins: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabins are located 14 miles east of McCarthy on a gravel bar of the Chitistone River. No FAA identifier.

May Creek Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located between May and Chititu Creek, approximately 11.5 miles southeast of McCarthy. Cabin is accessed by air via nearby 2700' turf airstrip (MYK). The cabin is located near the southeast corner of the airstrip, behind the mail cabin.

Jake's Bar Cabins: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air or by float on the Chitina River. These cabins are located on the north shore of the Chitina River about 15 miles south of McCarthy. Cabin is accessed via nearby 1000' gravel airstrip (AKO).

Hubert's Landing Cabin: First come, first served. No reservations for this cabin. Access by air. Cabin is located in the southeast corner of the park, on the upper Chitina River. Cabin is accessed by air via a 900' gravel airstrip. No FAA identifier.

Did You Know?

Malaspina Glacier

The Malaspina Glacier is largest piedmont glacier in North America and is larger than the state of Rhode Island.