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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

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 up to 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'

You can reserve bunks at the Serenity Falls Public Use Hut for arrival dates through December 31, 2023 on Reserve America under the permits section.

For reservations with arrival dates of January 1, 2024 and later, you can make reservations on Reserve America for the whole cabin.

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.

*** 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 1 parking 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 reservation call center at 1-844-351-9733 9am-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
DNR Public Information Center:
(907) 269-8400
DPOR Director's Office:
(907) 269-8700