Serenity Falls Cabin Review

Planning a trip to Serenity Falls Cabin in Eklutna? This public use cabin can be found at the end of the Eklunta Lakeside Trail in Eklutna, Alaska.

One of my favorite ways to visit this cabin is by bike. I love bikepacking this trail because it’s fairly easy, super fun, and makes the trip so much shorter!

The trail to the cabin is 12 miles one way and will take you less than two hours to reach by bike.

In this post, I’m going to review the Serenity Falls Hut public use cabin.

How to get to Eklutna from Anchorage:

The Serenity Falls Cabin can be found in Eklutna at the end of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. Eklutna is located 1 hour north of Anchorage. As you head north on the Glenn Highway, you will take the exit at Eklutna. Turn right onto Eklutna Village Road. Turn right onto Old Glenn Hwy. Turn left onto Eklutna Lake Road for 14.5 miles. You will reach a large parking lot at the end of the road.

Serenity Falls Cabin Review

The Serenity Falls Hut can be found at the end of Eklunta Lake and is available to reserve year-round.

Cabin Amenities

  • 13 wooden sleeping platforms
  • Wood heating stove
  • Wood benches and table
  • Pit latrine
  • Fire ring
  • Picnic table
  • Huge windows

The Serenity Falls Hut is very spacious and sleeps 13 people on wooden sleeping platforms.

This cabin is a lot different from the other public use cabins in Alaska because it’s actually a multiple party public use hut and you can expect to share the hut with others. Each bunk costs $15 per night.

**Due to COVID-19, the cabin is only available as an entire unit for now. It costs $100 a night to reserve.

The cabin is equipped with a wood heating stove that’ll get the cabin nice and cozy. You can also use the stove to heat up foil-covered breakfast burritos.

One of my favorite things about the cabin is the huge windows that look towards Serenity Falls and Eklunta Glacier! Unfortunately, you can’t really see Eklunta Glacier from the cabin anymore.

There is NO running water or trash service in the cabin. You will have to pack out what you pack in. You may want to bring some cleaning wipes so you can tidy up before and after your stay.

Water is supplied from the nearby creek in the summer or snow in the winter. Make sure to purify your water before using it. A fire pit and picnic table are available outdoors.

Location

You can reach Eklutna Lake within an hour drive from Anchorage. Driving Eklunta Road definitely takes a while as the road curves through the mountains.

Parking is included in the cost of the cabin. You are allowed 1 vehicle per 3 people, if booking together. I like to leave a note on the dashboard of the vehicle to let anyone know that I’m staying at the cabin, to avoid accidentally getting a ticket.

The hut is located at Mile 12 of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail. You can access the hut by foot or bike during the summer, and skis or snowshoes during winter.

From April 1 to Nov 30, ATV’s are permitted on the Lakeside Trail ONLY Sundays thru Wednesday. The use of snow vehicles is permitted once there is sufficient snow coverage to protect the underlying vegetation.

I love this because if you have the entire hut booked, you can have someone head out on an ATV earlier in the day to drop off wood, beer, food, or other supplies before everyone in the party arrives.

Trail Difficulty

The trail starts at the Eklunta Lake parking lot. It’s mostly flat and you will reach the cabin at Mile 12.

It’s a great beginner backpacking trip because of how easy it is. The bike trail weaves in and out of the ATV trail but mostly follows along the lake.

There are small sections of the trail that have eroded and you may want to get off your bike in these areas.

Check the trail condition reports before heading out.

Bike Eklutna Lake Trail
Eklutna Lakeside Trail

Nearby Activities

There are plenty of things to do in Eklutna. Some hiking trails in this area include Serenity Falls, Eklunta Glacier, and Bold Peak.

How to Reserve Serenity Falls Hut Public Use Cabin

Previously, you had to fill out a form or call to reserve this cabin. Since January 2021, you can reserve this cabin online. To reserve the Serenity Falls cabin, you will need to visit the Alaska State Parks reservation site here. The cabin costs $100 per night.

Check-in/Check-out Times

  • Check-in time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Check-out time: 12:00 p.m.

Conclusion: Here’s What I Really Think…

As a bikepacking and group trip, I really love this hut. The trail is beginner-friendly for anyone interested in bikepacking. It’s also a great way to spend a weekend with a large group of people since not many public use cabins offer this much space.

I personally would never hike out to this cabin because of the multi-use trail but I’ve seen people do it.

From the beautiful surroundings and plenty of activities to do in the area, I highly recommend spending multiple days at the Serenity Falls Hut.


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Stay at this public use cabin in Eklutna Alaska. Serenity Falls Hut is a cabin that you can rent and is accessed after a 12 mile hike or bike along a beautiful glacier lake. If you want to add some adventure travel to your Alaska vacation then add this to your list. #alaska #hiking #biking #bikepacking #cabinreview

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