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TANIS MESA NORTH CABIN, AK

part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: TANIS MESA NORTH CABIN (AK)
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Tanis Mesa North Cabin is located in a duplex with Tanis Mesa South Cabin. The cabin is tucked between Tanis Mesa and the Brabazon Mountain Range, offering year-round relaxation and recreation.

The site can be accessed by wheeled plane, depending on conditions. An airstrip is adjacent to the cabin. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits on mostly flat terrain surrounded by blueberry bushes. Interspersed stands of cottonwood, alder and willow begin about half a mile from the cabin.

Visitors can enjoy views of Tanis Mesa, which sits half a mile to the west. Tanis Mesa is a unique geologic feature that stands about 500 feet above the cabin. The peaks of the Brabazon Range are a mile to the east, with elevations of over 3,000 feet.

Wildlife in the Brabazon Mountain Range includes moose, brown bear and mountain goats.

Recreation:

Tanis Lake is 2 miles north of the cabin and can be hiked to relatively easily except for the last quarter mile, which is dense brush. Hikers are rewarded with views of Fassett Glacier cascading into the lake's northeast end.

The Brabazon Mountains offer opportunities for excellent mountain goat hunting. Moose and brown bear hunting is good around the cabin.

Facilities:

This is the north half of a 14x40-ft. A-frame stylecabin. It sleeps five people and comes equipped with four single bunks and a sleeping loft. The cabin also has a table and benches, oil heater, broom, picnic table, fire ring and outhouse. A 12x12-ft. meat shed is located outside, which is shared with Tanis Mesa South Cabin.

Water, heating oil and electricity are not provided. Visitors must supply #1 diesel oil the heater, as well as their own drinking water. Other items to bring include sleeping bags, sleeping pads, food, a cooking stove, cookware, plates, utensils, lanterns or flashlights, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. Click here for more cabin details.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Birding
  • Broom & Dust Pan
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Heater
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Picnic Area
  • Pit Toilets
  • Table & Chairs
  • 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
  • Water is not available at the cabin; visitors must bring their own water supply
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Click here for more information 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):
59.24833, -138.50278
59°14'54"N, 138°30'10"W

The cabin is located 50 miles southeast of Yakutat between Tanis Mesa and Brabazon Mountain Range. Access is by wheeled plane only via an 1,800-ft. airstrip at the cabin.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

TANIS MESA NORTH CABIN
P.O. BOX 327
YAKUTAT  AK  99689

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)784-3359
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