This new, gorgeous 16 x 20 foot log cabin comes with an airy interior space and a child-safe sleeping loft, plus two covered porches (front and back.) Located down a flat trail about 650 yards from year-round parking, the cabin balances a bit of solitude with easy access and ample recreation. Great for families.
The ADA-accessible cabin comes equipped with a front ramp, wooden bunks, a table with benches, wood stove for heating, picnic table, campfire ring, fire extinguisher and a pit outhouse. Its 250 feet from the lake.
8 people (pets welcome)
Rainbow Trout Cabin is located in the Eklutna Lake Campground complex in Chugach State Park. South of the Dolly Varden PUC.
To reach Eklutna Lake campground, exit the Glenn Highway at Mile 26 and take Eklutna Lake Road about 10 miles into the mountains. Park in the day-use loop and take an access road (passing the group campsite) about one-third of a mile to the cabin. Here is a PDF guide to the Eklutna Trail System. This cabin can be reached year round.
Set on the northern lobe of 8-mile-long Eklutna Lake, the cabin features a spectacular view of a glacier-fed lake, one of the most popular destinations in Chugach State Park. The fjord-like valley is surrounded by low, forested mountains rising into alpine bowls. Craggy, snowbound peaks loom over the south end of the lake.
What can you do at Rainbow Trout Cabin?
- Bike the extensive trail system, offering a mostly flat, family-friendly route deep within the park. Or stick to the campground loops and the grassy trail system: A magnate for families with kids.
- Beachcomb the shoreline just yards from the cabin or admire one of Alaska’s most stunning views. Sunbathe or go wading.
- Paddle around the eight-mile-long glacier-fed lake.
- Hike the Bold Peak trail to the alpine zone, or explore the many social trails into the woods
- Explore the campground with hikes to the Eklutna Dam and its spillway—only a few hundred yards away!
- Use ATVs or snowmobiles when the trail is opened to their use.
- Enjoy an evening campfire.
Season of Use
Chugach State Park
What To Bring
Guests probably should bring drinking water, or be prepared to sterilize lake water or melt snow. A pump usable in summer is about 650 yards away near the parking. Firewood will likely be sparse in the immediate vicinity, so it’s best to bring your own wood.