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Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

1. How far is it to the cabin?

It is about 3/4 mile from the mile 48 pullout to the cabin via the trail that starts at the north end of the pullout. Just follow the brown signs and white signs directing you to the Manitoba Cabin and you’ll get there. In the summer, keep an eye out for the signs, as they can be hidden by brush at times. In the winter, the path is usually well established by sleds and skis – but come prepared to break trail nonetheless.

2. Where is the cabin?

The Manitoba Cabin is accessed via the trail at the north end of the Mile 48 pullout on the Seward Highway. The cabin is located just across a bridge over Canyon Creek, at the base of Manitoba Mountain.

3. Where do I park?

Parking for Manitoba Cabin is at the Mile 48 pull-out (just north of Lower Summit Lake) on the Seward Highway. Like most trailheads and highway pull-outs along Seward Highway, there is a threat of break-ins. Please do not leave anything in your vehicles!

4. What is in the kitchen?

We have a full kitchen, with plates, cups, bowls, utensils, and a number of pots for boiling water, and pans for cooking. There is also a french drain for disposing of wash water. We provide buckets for hauling water from Canyon Creek, but we recommend treating the water before drinking it.

5. Do I need to bring firewood?

If you plan on having a bonfire, please bring your own wood. Alaska Huts provides firewood for the purposes of heating the yurts, the cabin, and the sauna.

6. What time is check-in and check-out?

Check-in and out are at 12 noon. Please be mindful of the check-in and out times to respect other parties’ reservations. Manitoba is a shared cabin facility, meaning the kitchen, sauna, and fire pit area are shared with multiple parties. We ask that you respect quiet time from 11pm-8am when sharing the space.

7. When do bookings open?

Booking availability opens on the first Monday of each month, 6 months in advance. For example, January availability is open to book on the first Monday in July. Members at the Trekker level or higher receive a special link to reserve 9 months in advance.

8. How do I become a member?

You can purchase a membership at any time right here on our website! Members receive benefits at different levels, detailed on our membership donation page. Our membership year runs from September 1st – August 31st.

8. What hiking is there in the area?

There is hiking everywhere! Check out the Manitoba Hiking Guide for some selected local hikes. The Mile 48 pullout is also only a few minutes on the highway from the Summit Creek Trail, Devils Pass Trail, and Johnson Pass Trail.

9. How long does it take to drive to Manitoba/how close is it to Anchorage?

It is roughly 80 miles from Anchorage, taking about 90 minutes. Highway conditions can be more challenging in the late fall or winter.

10. How can I volunteer?

Get in touch with us! We have two big volunteer events every year: Spring and Fall Woodstock, where we have a party and haul the year’s supply of firewood. We are also looking for volunteers to help out during the winter months to make regular checks on Manitoba. Email [email protected] to learn more!

Fun Fact:

Alaska Huts is a non-profit organization. All of the income generated from your reservation goes back into the organization to pay staff, arrange events, subsidize stays for local education groups and nonprofits, and fundraise for more public-use huts in South Central Alaska. Thank you for supporting us!

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