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DALE CLEMENS CABIN, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: DALE CLEMENS CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Dale Clemens Cabin is a rustic cabin in south-central Alaska. It offers great views of the surrounding mountain peaks, and Resurrection Bay and Seward in the distance. Visitors enjoy hunting and exploring, as well as fishing in nearby Lost Lake.

The cabin can be accessed via either a nearly 5-mile moderate trek during the summer months, or a 2.5-mile steep climb from the Lost Lake Trailhead in the winter. It is open year-round, though conditions may impact travel plans. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located west of Seward Highway at an elevation of about 1,750 feet. The cabin sits just above tree line, amid mountain meadows and groves of hemlock and spruce trees, as well as grasses and abundant wildflowers.

Winter snow can linger into July and the cabin is susceptible to heavy fog and rain in the summer, as well as whiteout conditions in the winter.

A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area. For more information on access and regulations pertaining to this cabin, trail conditions, safety precautions and outdoor safety and ethics, please contact the Seward District office.

Recreation:

Visitors enjoy fishing for rainbow trout in Lost Lake. Hunting is available in season for moose, black and brown bears, wolves, mountain goats and ptarmigan.

Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are also popular activities.

Facilities:

The recently renovated two-story cabin has two entrances via stairways at ground level. A wooden deck with seating overlooks the surrounding peaks. A cupboard containing multiple propane tanks, stocked by the Forest Service, is located on the porch. Propane may not always be available.

Inside the cabin are wooden bunks and a loft that will sleep up to eight people. A table and benches, propane heater and lighting are also provided. An outdoor toilet is close to the cabin.

Water for drinking, cooking and cleaning purposes is not available at the cabin. Visitors will need to bring their own sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove, cooking gear, water and food, among other necessities. It may be necessary to bring a 20-pound propane cylinder; contact the Seward Ranger District for more information.

Nearby Attractions:

Resurrection Peak and Mt. Ascension tower above the area, at 4,700 and 5,700 feet respectively.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Propane
  • Propane Heat
  • Propane Lights
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
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
  • Bikes and horses are not recommended on the access trail, due to numerous rock steps, crossings and water bars, narrow boardwalks (12 inches wide) and fragile alpine vegetation
  • 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.19222, -149.41333
60°11'32"N, 149°24'48"W

From milepost 5 on Seward Highway at the Lost Lake subdivision, follow signs to the Lost Lake Trailhead. In the summer, hike 4.5 miles to the cabin. In the winter, ski or snowmobile 2.5 miles to the cabin. From milepost 17 on the Seward Highway, at Primrose Campground and Trailhead, hike 12.6 miles to the cabin on a very steep and rugged trail.

Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. For more current travel conditions call the district office. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and is closed to motor vehicles between April 30 and Nov. 30.

Refer to USGS topographical maps Seward A7 and B7. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

DALE CLEMENS CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)224-3374
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