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part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Aspen Flats 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. There is great fishing in the adjacent Russian River and hiking and biking trails abound. Wildlife viewing is good in the area as well, though visitors should watch out for bears.

The site can only be accessed by hiking, biking, cross country skiing or snowshoeing, depending on conditions. The trek can take several hours. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is south of the Sterling Highway on the Russian River, between the Lower and Upper Russian Lakes. The surrounding area is flat to hilly with scattered spruce and cottonwood, and abundant mountain views. Visitation is low, especially during the winter.

A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area, including moose, black and brown bears and wolves. Abundant berries in the area ripen in late July through September. For information on access and regulations pertaining to this cabin, trail conditions, safety precautions and outdoor safety and ethics, please contact the Seward District office.


Dolly Varden, rainbow and steelhead trout can be found in the Russian River. Fishing for salmon upstream of Russian River Falls is not permitted. Click here to learn more about Alaska Department of Fish & Game regulations. Sockeye and coho salmon run the river from June to September. The rivers in Alaska are extremely cold, so be prepared with dry clothing.

A variety of trails and unexplored areas exist near the cabin. Hikers and bikers can explore varying terrain, including muskeg, meadows and high-canopied forest along the 21-mile Russian Lakes Trail, toward either the Upper or Lower Russian Lakes Cabins. The trail is closed year-round to motorized vehicles from Russian River Campground to Upper Russian Lake Cabin; the remainder of the trail, between Cooper Lake Road and Upper Russian Lake Cabin, is open to motorized vehicles only from Dec. 1 to April 30. There is a high avalanche hazard on Russian Lakes Trail in winter; learn about avalanche safety.


The 12-by-14 cabin has wooden bunks to sleep up to eight people, but four will fit comfortably. It is equipped with a table, benches, a wood stove and an outhouse with a vault toilet. The cabin does not supply drinking water or electricity. Firewood can also be cut in the area, with the splitting maul and crosscut saw supplied at the cabin.

Visitors will need to bring their own water for drinking, cooking and cleaning. Water from the river must be treated or boiled prior to consumption. Visitors will also need to bring their own bedding and sleeping pads, flashlights, cooking gear, food and clothing, cooking utensils and cut firewood. All garbage and food must be packed out.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • River Access
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • High avalanche hazards exist on Russian Lakes Trail in winter
  • Brown bears frequent the area; all food and garbage must be kept in appropriate containers
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests must bring their own
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • All garbage and food must be packed out
  • Learn more about Chugach National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.37194, -149.97389
60°22'19"N, 149°58'26"W

Located between the Lower and Upper Russian Lakes on the Russian River. Accessible only by trail, the cabin is 9 miles from Russian River Campground Trailhead and 12 miles from the Cooper Lake Trailhead. Continue to the signed, short cabin access trail, off the main trail.

Refer to USGS topographic maps Seward B8 and Kenai B1. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate and over-ice travel conditions. For current travel conditions call the Seward Ranger District at (907)224-3374. Motorized access is prohibited in the winter and summer. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SEWARD  AK  99664

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)224-3374
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