16ft x 16ft A-frame cabin with sleeping loft, reached by vertical ladder.
1 double plywood bunk, Sleeping loft, Table and benches, Wood stove, Cooking counter, Broom, Outhouse toilet, Axe or splitting maul. Water is available from creek at crossing about 1/3 mile(1/2 km) from cabin. Treat all water before using.
20 miles (32 km) northwest of Sitka on west coast of Kruzof Island.
Helicopter to beach at lower tides or by 45-minute boat ride from Sitka to Mud Bay on east coast of Kruzof Island and 71/2-mile (12-km) hike or ATV ride across island. Take old logging road about 6 miles (9.6 km) to T in road at Iris Meadows. Turn right about 1/8 mile (.2 km), then turn left on road that crosses meadows. After crossing Iris Creek, continue along road about 1 mile (1.6 km) to ATV trail which turns left and continues about 1/4 mile (.4 km) to cabin. (First-time users should contact Sitka Ranger District (907-747-6671) for crucial, detailed information on reaching cabin by trail.) NOTE: Spring and summer of 2010; expect possible access delays on the trail between Mud Bay and the "T" at Iris meadows and from Iris Meadows to and including the North Beach Trail. A contractor will be reconstructing portions of these two trails and replacing some of the bridges. Generally there could be up to 2 hour delays with trail related construction; however expect longer delays when bridges are being replaced and installed.
Cabin nestled just inside forest fringe on north beach of Shelikof Bay. Terrain relatively flat and easy to explore.
Uniquely ATV-accessible. About 36 miles (58 km) of old logging roads available for hiking or ATV or mountain bike riding. Excellent beachcombing on sandy beaches, hiking, photography. Spectacular view of cresting waves on outside coast. Brown bear and deer common. Fair stream fishing for Dolly varden, coho and pink salmon. Cabin built in 1993 by volunteers from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Sitka and by local volunteers.
Season Of Use
Tongass National Forest
What To Bring
Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, fire starter and rubber boots. It's a good idea to bring your own water.
Cabin users can expect noise from ATV riders on beach in front of cabin. Stove burns #1 oil, generally 10 gallons for a 3-day stay; this can be more or less depending on time of year. Firewood is not provided for outdoor campfires.
USGS Topo Map
Sitka A-6, A-5
$35 per night