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Chugach State Park

Serenity Falls Public Use Hut

Serenity Falls Cabin
Serenity Falls Cabin 2
Serenity Falls Cabin 3

Cabin Specifications

★ Minimum Occupancy: 1 Guest
★ Maximum Occupancy: 13 Guests
★ Site Access Method: Summer - Hike, Bike, or ATV (restrictions apply)*; Winter - Ski or Snowshoe*
★ Stay Limit: 5 Nights
★ Check-in/out Time: 12:00pm
★ Pets Allowed: No**
★ Fees: (see fee page)***
★ Cabin Dimensions:
★ Heating Method: Woodfire Stove (Bring your own wood)


★ Fire Ring
★ Picnic Table

Eklutna Lake Map and Trail Guide
Serenity Falls Fact Sheet

NOTICE: Covid-19 risks have changed Parks' management of the Serenity Falls Hut. Until further notice, the Hut may be rented as an entire unit (similar to renting any other Public Use Cabin), but the previous option to rent individual bunks or bays of bunks is no longer available. The price is temporarily changed to $100 per night due to this change.

The Serenity Falls Public Use Hut is a multiple party public use hut that is managed on a reservation basis. Guests should expect to share the hut with respect and consideration for others. Sleeps upto 13 guests. Hut is located near Mile 12 of the Lakeside Trail in the Upper Eklutna Lake Valley. It is equipped with wooden sleeping platforms, a wood heating stove, chairs or benches, and cooking area. A pit latrine is nearby. Water is supplied from the nearby creek in the summer or snow in the winter. Please purify all water before using. A fire pit and picnic table are available outdoors. The hut is remote and you should be prepared accordingly.

The hut is located at Mile 12 of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. After you have crossed the bridge over the East Fork of the Eklutna River and have passed the Kanchee Campground near Mile 11, you will come to a large steel and wood bridge over the Eklutna River. Do not cross the bridge. Instead of turning right and crossing the bridge, go straight ahead on a trail going uphill. A brown and white sign marks the trail that will take you a few hundred yards to the hut. Only registered guests are allowed motorized vehicles beyond this point per the access information above. Please remember that, for most people, the 24-mile round trip to and from the hut is a long distance. Plan your trip based on the skills and abilities of the least experienced person in your party.

GPS N61 17.644', W 148 58.537'

To reserve the Serenity Falls Public Use Hut, please refer to the Serenity Falls Hut Application.

Special Notes:
* ATV's are permitted on the Lakeside Trail ONLY Sundays thru Wednesdays, and only from April 1 thru Nov 30th. The use of snow vehicles is permitted only once the director has determined there is sufficient snow coverage to protect the underlying vegetation. Check the trail condition reports before heading out.

** The hut is shared by multiple parties who may have allergies to pet hair and may feel severe discomfort or health concerns. Unfamiliar dogs may not be compatible. Your pet may spoil another guest’s experience, because not all people like pets. 

Dogs must remain outside and be staked at least 10 feet away from the building. Dog food must be stored inside the hut. Dog food is not permitted to be spread on the ground or snow. You are responsible for cleaning the area, making sure that all dog waste and any trace of a dog’s presence is disposed of properly.

*** Renting this Hut allows you to receive a parking permit at the Eklutna trailhead (Passes are given out based on the amount of people in each group)
(1-3) receives 1parking permit;
(4-6) receives 2 permits;
(7-10) receives 3 permits; and
(11-13) receives 4 permits

Important Info

Once you make a reservation, you will receive a confirmation e-mail from Reserve America with important information about the cabin. Print out this confirmation e-mail and bring it with you to the cabin. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours of making the reservation, please contact the DNR Public Information Center at (907) 269-8400 Mon - Fri 10am-5pm.

Remember that these cabins are not hotels. Always be prepared! Be sure to bring:

  • Sleeping bag and pad or air mattress
  • Food
  • Cookware, dishes, utensils
  • Cooking stove and fuel
  • Matches, lighters, paper fire starter
  • 9-volt battery for smoke detectors
  • First aid items
  • Plastic trash bags
  • Jug of water
  • Saw or ax, just in case
  • Firewood
  • Flashlight
  • Lantern and fuel

Mission Statement

"The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation provides outdoor recreation opportunities and conserves and interprets natural, cultural, and historic resources for the use, enjoyment, and welfare of the people."

Accessibility Notice

Division of Parks & Outdoor Recreation

Atwood Building
550 West 7th Avenue
Suite 1380
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-8700
Fax: (907) 269-8907