Location: This cabin is located in the Wrangell-St. Elias backcountry, on the upper Chitina River in the southeast corner of the park. Refer to USGS maps-McCarthy 1:250,000; McCarthy 1:63,360 (A-2). 61.027, -141.631
Reservations: No reservations are required. Available on a first-come, first-served basis. Plan to take camping gear in case the cabin is occupied when you arrive. The maximum stay in the cabin is 7 days in a 30 day period.
Access: Cabin is accessed by air via a 900' long airstrip. Cabin is located on the upper Chitina River and is situated on an alluvial plain. This cabin is accessible by airplane - you can arrange for an air taxi to access this area.
Description: This cabin is nestled in a glacial valley on the upper Chitina River, surrounded by mixed spruce forest. There is no running water or plumbing. The cabin is 15 ft by 16 ft in size and includes:
- two twin-sized wooden bunks (sleeps two people)
- a woodstove
- a table and bench
- an informational bulletin board
- a rustic pit toilet - Please bring your own toilet paper, as the toilet is not regularly stocked or maintained.
Regulations: You must bring all personal belongings that you will require, including sleeping and dining equipment. Please clean the cabin and take all food and trash with you upon departure. Burying garbage is prohibited. Dogs are allowed, but please clean up after your pet. Please do not remove or relocate any artifacts or deface cabins or historic structures. There are numerous bugs in this area. Headnets and bug spray are strongly encouraged during June, July, and August.
Water & Firewood: Visitors may gather dead and down wood for firewood. Replenish any firewood stored in the cabin for the next user. Water can be obtained from local hillside creeks but must be treated.
Recreational Opportunities: This cabin is located in a remote, rugged area. Make sure you're familiar with backcountry safety before venturing out to hike. There are opportunities to explore and hike near the cabin, and this can be a starting point for river trips. There are no lakes or streams nearby that are suitable for fishing. If you find a place to fish, a State of Alaska fishing license is required. This cabin is located in the preserve, so sport and subsistence hunting is allowed. Subsistence hunting is limited to local, rural residents. A State of Alaska hunting license is required and, if you are a subsistence hunter, a federal subsistence hunting permit may be required. Please refer to state and federal hunting regulations. This cabin is often used during hunting season. Plan to bring camping supplies in case the cabin is already being used when you arrive.
Airstrip: Rough gravel airstrip 900' long. No FAA identifier.
Airstrip is located on the upper Chitina River and is situated on an alluvial plain.
Information about Backcountry Airstrips in the Park