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Description

The only U.S. Forest Service cabin on Mitkof Island’s road system, Raven’s Roost accommodates eight and is a steep, four-mile hike up Raven Trail. It starts near the airport off Haugen Drive, about a mile from town. At 1,800 feet elevation, the cabin perches on a mountain top with expansive views of Kupreanof Island and Wrangell Narrows. Users must provide bedding and cooking gear and advised to bring #1 heating oil, as provided oil supplies are depleted. It’s a popular spot for skiers and snowshoers in winter.

Facilities

Sleeping platform, Sleeping loft, Wooden table and benches, Oil heater (#1 stove oil), Deck, Pit-type outhouse. Water may be available from nearby muskeg pools. Treat all water before using.

Capacity

8

Area

Mitkof Island

Location

Atop a mountain behind Petersburg airport.

Access

3 miles (5 km) by helicopter or 4 miles (6 km) by foot from water towers behind airport in Petersburg. Raven Trail is steep and challenging in areas; allow 3 hours for ascent.

Terrain

Ridge surrounding cabin is flat muskeg, otherwise terrain is steep mountain slope.

Special Features

Spectacular views. Cross-country and Telemark skiing and snowshoeing in winter. Wildflowers and wild berries in surrounding muskegs in summer.

Season Of Use

Year-round

Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

#1 stove oil(see below), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher, fire starter. If possible, bring your own water.

Rowboat

No

Stove

Oil

More Info

Some stove oil is provided in winter but may not last the season.

USGS Topo Map

Petersburg D-3, C-3

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 56.763064
Longitude: -132.936667

Photos

Raven's Roost Cabin

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