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


Lower Paradise Lake Cabin offers a remote and secluded place to stay in the scenic forest of southe-central Alaska. It provides spectacular glacier views, as well as ample opportunity for fishing on an unpeopled alpine lake. Visitors also enjoy hunting and wildlife viewing.

The cabin is accessible by floatplane and access is extremely difficult in the winter when the lake freezes. Access is possible on the Ptarmigan Creek Trail, through the Snow River Pass and then down to the lake, but the trail is not maintained and very difficult. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located east of Seward Highway in the remote Paradise Valley on the north shore of Lower Paradise Lake. It sits in a forest of alder, willow and pine trees at an elevation of about 1,340 feet. A trail to the cabin is not maintained, but offers very scenic views. Wild berries are ripe for the picking in late-summer to fall and the area is home to abundant wildflowers in spring and early-summer.

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.


The cabin offers seclusion and good fishing. A rowboat and oars provided at the cabin give anglers excellent opportunities to catch grayling in the small, adjacent lake. Life jackets are not provided.

Hunting is popular during designated seasons. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, black and brown bears and mountain goats.

While there are no groomed trails in the area, it is rife with potential for exploration. Day hikes lead to even better views of glacier fields that loom above the cabin. Some glaciers can be seen out the front door of the cabin.


The 12x14-ft rustic cabin has wooden bunks and sleeps four people comfortably, but can accommodate up to eight. It is equipped with a table, benches and a wood stove for heat. An outdoor toilet is provided. Firewood is not plentiful in the region.

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

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Table & Benches
  • Vault Toilets
  • 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
  • Access to this cabin is by float plane only
  • In fall, winter, and early spring, this cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (floatplanes cannot land); contact the Seward Ranger District office for information prior to making reservations during these periods
  • 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):
60.34889, -149.07194
60°20'56"N, 149°4'19"W

Access is via floatplane only (15 minutes from Moose Pass, 20 minutes from Seward). There is no trail near the cabin and access on foot is a most difficult 8-mile bushwhack from the east end of Ptarmigan Lake Trail, or 14 miles from North Fork Snow River Valley. Trekking to the cabin is recommended only for experienced backcountry hikers.

Travel conditions may be dependent on seasonal and/or weather conditions. For current travel conditions call the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

SEWARD  AK  99664

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)224-3374
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