Huts Proposal & Related Documents

Alaska Huts does not yet operate any hut-to-hut systems but is working with Chugach National Forest and the State of Alaska (Department of Natural Resources) to develop solid hut-to-hut proposals. Links below include one-page fliers that answer some basic questions about the developing concept.

Our organization is preparing proposal documents related to huts along the Alaska Railroad’s backcountry Whistle Stop Project. Click the links below for concept descriptions, which are a work in progress and have changed over time and are likely to continue changing.  We welcome comments on this concept.

The proposed Whistle Stop hut-to-hut project consolidates the Whistle Stop Project and the proposed hut-to-hut project in a way that reduces overall impact and reduces the overall fundraising need for new cabins and trails on the northern Kenai Peninsula.  In what we hope will be a win-win situation, Alaska Huts will be able to assist the Forest Service in funding components of the Whistle Stop Project, and Alaska Huts will be able to benefit from the trails, Whistle Stop shelters, and interpretive signs already underway in the beautiful Upper Placer River valley in an area of three glaciers that flow from the same icefield.  This area lies about halfway between Seward and downtown Anchorage, and the corridor is part of the greater Iditarod National Historic Trail system.

 In September 2004, we submitted an ambitious “Mills Creek-Iditarod Trail Hut-to-Hut System” proposal to Chugach National Forest. We submitted a required refinement, the “Master Development Plan” or MDP, to the Forest Service in 2005. The MDP provides greater site-specific detail and operating detail.  The documents are included below for reference, as the basic hut concept is similar, and the locations overlap, but the 2004 and 2005 documents do not reflect the current concept under development. There is no longer any plan to link the Manitoba Cabin site to the Whistle Stop huts, the cabin operations and the buildings themselves are now proposed to be more compact. Nonetheless, the information provided in the previous proposal details background related to huts in Alaska.