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CRESCENT SADDLE CABIN, AK

Photo: CRESCENT SADDLE CABIN
Status: Open through Wed Dec 31 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Crescent Saddle Cabin offers an extremely remote and secluded place to stay in the Kenai Mountains of southeastern Alaska. It is difficult to access, but rewards visitors with spectacular views of the surrounding region. Visitors need to be aware that the cabin sits in an area very prone to avalanches and winter travel is recommended only for those with experience in the backcountry.

The cabin can be accessed by floatplane, or by hiking, skiing or snowmobiling up to 11 miles. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin is located south of Sterling Highway on the Crescent Lake Trail. It overlooks Crescent Lake, at an elevation of about 1,450 feet. The cabin is set back from the lake, amid a scattered forest and lots of wildflowers in the warmer months.

In addition to avalanche danger, high winds may sweep across the lake, causing danger for small boats and planes. 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:

Fishing on Crescent Lake is very popular for trophy-size grayling. A rowboat with oars is available at the cabin, but life jackets and fishing equipment are not provided.

In season, visitors hunt for moose, black and brown bears and Dall sheep.

Hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also popular activities. There is extreme avalanche danger on the Crescent Creek Trail in winter and early spring. The primitive trail around Crescent Lake crosses several avalanche chutes and should not be used in the winter.

Facilities:

The 12x14' rustic cabin can sleep four people comfortably, but can accommodate up to eight. 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. Visitors should bring sleeping bags and pads, a cook stove, cooking gear, water, food and firewood. Water taken from the creek should be treated or boiled before use.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding Trails
  • Hunting
  • Lake Access
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Snowshoeing
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • 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
  • This is the Crescent Saddle Cabin located on the south-central shore of Crescent Lake, not the Crescent Lake Cabin on the west side of the lake
  • Summer access may be difficult from the west end; the creek crossing on the north end of Crescent Lake is not bridged and may be difficult to cross during high water
  • The Crescent Lake Trail is closed to horse/pack stock from April 1 to June 30, and it is closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 to Nov. 30; the entire primitive trail is not recommended for small children
  • 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

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
60.44583, -149.50389
60°26'45"N, 149°30'14"W

Access is by trail (10.7 miles from Crescent Lake Trailhead, 6.94 miles from Carter Lake Trailhead at milepost 34 on Seward Highway) or by floatplane (15 minutes from Moose Pass or 20 minutes from Cooper Landing).

Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. Refer to USGS maps Seward B7, C7 and C8. Maps are available online or by calling the Seward Ranger District at (907) 224-3374.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CRESCENT SADDLE CABIN
334 FOURTH AVE
SEWARD AK 99664

Phone Number:

Project Office:(907)224-3374