Activities and Amenities
Attention: A contractor will be working on the lower steel bridge along the Windfall Lake Trail beginning on February 2, 2015 and possibly continuing through February 26, 2015. If a work crew is present while approaching the bridge, please confirm with the crew it is OK to pass.
On one day early in the project, weather permitting, a helicopter will be used to sling in materials. A delay of up to an hour could be encountered when attempting to hike the trail between the trailhead and the lower steel bridge.
WINDFALL LAKE CABIN, AK
part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewWindfall Lake Cabin, built in 1998, is the most used cabin on the Tongass National Forest. This rustic retreat is open year-round and is open as an overnight accommodation and a warming hut for winter recreationists. The cabin is an ideal base for enjoying the serenity and beauty of Windfall Lake or participating in various recreational activities.
The site can be accessed by the Windfall Lake Trail or floatplane, depending on conditions. Winter weather may require a 3-mile trek on snowshoes or skis. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.
The cabin sits on the eastern end of Windfall Lake, just off the shore. The front deck overlooks the crystal-clear water and offers views of the surrounding mountains and dense evergreen forest.
The partially planked trail leading to the cabin has an elevation gain of 100 feet, appealing to hikers, snowshoers and skiers of all levels. Cross-country skiing is good in winter on an undeveloped trail route to Spaulding Meadows (map and compass are recommended).
This 14x16-ft. pan-abode style cabin sleeps six people with two single and two double bunks. The cabin also has a table and benches, broom, wood stove, axe and splitting maul.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Access is by hiking trail or floatplane. Take Glacier Highway north of Juneau to 26.6 miles, the parking area is on the right just past Herbert River Road before the Herbert River Bridge. A 1 mile hike on Herbert River Road leads you to the trailhead on the bank of Herbert River. The road is closed to vehicle traffic.
The trail is 3 miles and can be used by hikers, snowshoers and skiers. Alternate trail to cabin is 7 miles and starts at the end of Montana Creek Road.
Mailing Address:WINDFALL LAKE CABIN
8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
JUNEAU AK 99801
Phone Number:Project Office: (907)586-8800