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RAVENS ROOST CABIN, AK

part ofTONGASS NF - FS, US Forest Service
Photo: RAVENS ROOST CABIN
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Ravens Roost Cabin is on the Alexander Archipelago in southeast Alaska. It sits at the top of a mountain in a very scenic area, providing views of surrounding terrain and access to a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as wildlife viewing and berry picking.

The cabin can be accessed by helicopter or a 4-mile trail from behind the airport in Petersburg. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located on Mitkof Island, on the mountain above Petersburg Airport, at an elevation of 1,745 feet. It is the only cabin accessible by trail from Petersburg. The cabin is a custom-built alpine design, allowing access through a door in the loft during periods of deep winter snow.

Terrain surrounding the cabin is flat muskeg and beyond that is steep mountain slopes. The cabin offers nice views of the Wrangell Narrows and Kupreanof Island to the west. A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including eagles, moose, deer, porcupines and black bears (learn about bear safety).

Recreation:

The area is popular among snowmobile enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, telemark skiers and snowshoers. During summer months the surrounding muskegs bloom with several species of wildflowers and wild berries. A trail to the north of the cabin connects to Petersburg, while a winter ski trail is marked to the south linking to the Twin Creeks road.

Facilities:

The cabin has two single wooden bunks and a sleeping loft to accommodate up to eight people. It is equipped with a deck, a table and benches, an oil heater and an outhouse with a pit toilet. A supply of heating oil is provided in the storage area below the cabin from November to April, but is not guaranteed. Report low oil levels to the Petersburg Ranger District.

The only fresh water available is from nearby muskeg pools or melted snow. Water taken from any outdoor source should be treated or boiled before consumption. Guests are encouraged to bring drinking water if possible.

Guests will need to bring their own sleeping bags and pads, cook stove and cooking gear, towels, food, clothing, fire starter and garbage bags, among other necessities. Guests are advised to bring a small supply of No. 1 heating oil for the oil heater in case the supply has been exhausted.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Pit Toilets
  • Skiing
  • Snowmobile Trails
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trailheads
  • 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
  • This is the Raven's Roost Cabin near Petersburg, not the Raven Cabin on the Situk River near Yakutat
  • There is no source of fresh water near the cabin; guests should bring their own, or treat or boil water taken from nearby muskegs or melted snow
  • Firewood at the cabin is supplied only for heating the cabin, it is not for outdoor campfires; collect dead and down wood from the forest for your outdoor campfire
  • 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 Tongass 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):
56.76306, -132.93667
56°45'47"N, 132°56'12"W

The Raven's Roost Cabin is located above Petersburg Airport. The distance is 3 miles by helicopter or 4 miles by hiking trail from the trailhead at the water towers behind the airport. The first mile of the trail is moderate, the middle section is very steep, and the final mile flattens along the ridge top. Allow 3 hours for ascent.

Refer to USGS topographic map Petersburg D3. Petersburg C3 may also be helpful. Maps are available online or by calling the Petersburg Ranger District at (907) 772-3871.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

RAVENS ROOST CABIN
PO BOX 1328
PETERSBURG  AK  99833

Phone Number:

Information:  (907)772-3871
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