Activities and Amenities
BARBER CABIN, AK
part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewBarber Cabin offers a remote lodging experience on the Eastern Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. The rustic cabin has few amenities, but provides access to the great outdoors and a scenic mountain lake. There is great fishing in Lower Russian Lake, and hiking and biking trails abound. Wildlife viewing is good in the area as well, though visitors should watch out for bears.
Visitors must either hike, bike, ski or fly to the site, depending on conditions. The cabin is more than 3 miles from the nearest parking area. The route is longer in the winter. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin is close to Cooper Landing off Sterling Highway, in a fairly flat area on the east shore Lower Russian Lake. It is surrounded by a scattered spruce forest, and meadows with shrubs and brush, providing scenic mountain views.
Visitors enjoy boating and rainbow trout fishing on Lower Russian Lake. A rowboat with oars is provided at the cabin. Fishing equipment is not provided and permits are required to fish in the state (click here for Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations). The lake freezes during winter months.
The 16x20-ft. accessible log cabin sleeps four comfortably, but can accommodate a maximum group size of eight people. The cabin has wooden bunks, a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. An outhouse, splitting maul, saw and rowboat with oars are also provided.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Access by hiking, horseback riding, biking, skiing or snowshoeing along the Russian Lakes Trail, 3.3 miles from Russian River Campground parking area. Turn onto Barber Cabin spur trail at mile 2.5. The route is 4.2 miles in the winter and follows the campground entrance road, the summer trail for 1.8 miles, then a marked winter route and across the frozen surface of Lower Russian Lake.
Via floatplane, the cabin is 25 minutes from Seward or Cooper Landing. Refer to USGS topographic map Seward B8. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.
Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. For current travel conditions, call the district office. Motorized access is prohibited year-round. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30.
Mailing Address:BARBER CABIN
334 FORTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664
Phone Number:Project Office: (907)224-3374