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EAST CREEK CABIN, AK

part ofChugach National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: EAST CREEK CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

East Creek Cabin is a remote, rustic cabin on the Kenai Peninsula of south-central Alaska. It gives visitors a primitive camping experience amid spectacular scenery. In additional to miles of trails available for exploration, the cabin provides access to opportunities for big game hunting and wildlife viewing.

The facility can only be accessed by hiking, horseback riding, skiing or snowshoeing at least 11.5 miles or longer, depending on weather conditions. The trail is open to snowmobiles every other year. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is north of Sterling Highway in the Resurrection Creek Valley. It is in a fairly level area, surrounded by a spruce and birch forest with views of nearby mountains and meadows. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area. Berries ripen mid-July through mid-September.

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:

Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing along Resurrection Pass Trail are popular activities. Active mining operations are on private claims of the creek, yet there are designated areas for the public to pan for gold along the trail.

In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears, Dall sheep, mountain goats, caribou and wolves in the surrounding forest. Fishing in the area is not great.

Facilities:

The 12x14-ft cabin can accommodate up to eight people, but sleeps four more comfortably. It is equipped with wooden bunks, a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. A splitting maul and crosscut saw are available. An outhouse is provided outside the cabin.

There is no electricity, potable water, mattresses, bedding, cooking utensils or cut firewood at the cabin. Guests should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove, cooking gear and food. Water taken from the creek should be treated or boiled before consumption.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Gold Panning
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Benches
  • Trailheads
  • Vault Toilets
  • 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
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests must bring their own, or boil and treat water taken from the creek
  • 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):
60.70583, -149.74861
60°42'21"N, 149°44'55"W

Follow Hope Highway from Seward Highway after arriving on the Kenai Peninsula. From the Resurrection Pass North Trailhead at milepost 4 on Resurrection Creek Road, hike 14.5 miles to the cabin. (Add 1 mile to access in winter due to limited road plowing). From the Resurrection Pass South trailhead at milepost 53.2 on Sterling Highway, hike 24.3 miles to the cabin.

Refer to USGS topographic map Seward C-8. 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 more current travel conditions call the district office. The trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and is open to over-snow motorized vehicles from Dec. 1 to April 30 every other winter season, beginning with the winter of 2007-2008. It is closed to motorized vehicles every other winter season beginning with the 2008-2009 winter season.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

EAST CREEK CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD  AK  99664

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)224-3374
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