A hut system would provide fantastic opportunities to get up close and personal with several glaciers, great wildlife viewing opportunities, and a true Alaska backcountry experience. The proposed hut system is on the Chugach National Forest, so Alaska Huts has been working through the permitting process with the local Glacier Ranger District. In 2012, the U.S. Forest Service issued a planning permit to Alaska Huts and requested a business plan. The planning process over the past few years involved site selection, surveying of proposed sites, avalanche assessments, and building cost estimates. The business plan was submitted in September of 2015, and the organization is currently in negotiations for final permitting processes with Forest Service approval.
Visitors would either ride the Alaska Railroad from Anchorage or drive 50 miles south to Portage and pick the train up there. From Portage, it is just 11 miles to the Spencer Whistle stop and 20 miles to the Grandview Whistle stop. On good snow years, this is a popular destination for skiers, fatbikers, and snowmachiners, but users must transport themselves to the area.