The Park Service built this public-use cabin in 2000 in Wrangell St. Elias National Park. It's near Young Creek, about 11.5 miles southeast of McCarthy, and about 200 yards east of the 2,700-foot-long May Creek Airfield. Set in a mixed spruce and aspen forest, the squared-timbers cabin is 14X16 and sleeps up to 3 people. It has a standard twin-size wooden bunk, a standard double wooden bunk, a table with bench, a wood stove, fire extinguisher and, outside, a picnic table and pit toilet. The area around here is great for short hikes and has an amazing array of late-summer wildflowers. The cabin is between May and Chititu Creek, and is available without charge on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll also find public-use cabins at Glacier Creek and Pea Vine (named for the plant that grows on gravel bars).


Includes 1 standard twin- size wooden bunk, and 1 standard double wooden bunk, a table with bench, a wood stove, fire extinguisher, informational bulletin board, outside picnic table, and pit toilet.




Wrangell Mountains


The cabin is located between May and Chititu Creek, approximately 11.5 miles southeast of McCarthy.


Plane only


Mixed spruce and aspen forest

Special Features

Short area hikes, amazing wildflowers, especially near the airstrip.

Managing Agency

Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve

What To Bring

Head nets are strongly encouraged during June, July, and August. You are responsible for providing your own supplies, such as: food, bedding, maps, compass, matches, and warm clothing.





More Info

Food and beverages, food and beverage containers, garbage, harvested fish and equipment used to cook or store food must be stored in a bear resistant container or secured within a hard sided building, or by caching a minimum of 100 feet from camp and suspending at least 10 feet above ground. Please dispose of inedible game parts, fish and food scraps that could attract a bear, at least 300 yards from the cabin site and below high water level. Legally taken game must not be stored in any public use cabin. Only dead and downed wood may be collected for firewood. Campfires are permitted, except during red flag warnings (open fire bans). Upon departing, parties will clean and secure public use cabins.

USGS Topo Map

McCarthy (B- 5)

Rental Fee

None. Use is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Getting There

Latitude: 61.32864
Longitude: -142.669101
Driving Directions


May Creek Cabin & Airstrip