Planning a trip to Swan Lake Cabin along Resurrection Pass in Alaska? This public-use cabin sits next to a stunning lake in the Kenai Mountains.
The trail to the cabin is a 12.7-mile one-way hike from the south trailhead in Cooper Landing or a 26.2-mile one-way hike from the Resurrection Pass Trail North in Hope. You can also access it from Devils Pass.
In this post, I’m going to review the Swan Lake public use cabin.
How to get to Resurrection Pass Trail from Anchorage:
Swan Lake Cabin can be found along Resurrection Pass Trail in Cooper Landing. The trailhead is a 2-hour drive south of Anchorage. From Anchorage, head south on the Seward Highway to Cooper Landing.
Swan Lake Cabin Review
Swan Lake Cabin is a public use cabin that sits on the eastern tip of Swan Lake in the Kenai Mountains near Cooper Landing. It’s available to reserve year-round, although it can be difficult to access during certain times of the year due to snow conditions.
- Wooden sleeping platforms
- Wood heating stove
- Wood table with bench seating
- Small deck
- Rowboat with oars
- Pit latrine
- Fire ring
The cabin is equipped with a wood heating stove. Cabin users are responsible for supplying their own wood, but you may find some that the previous guest left behind. A splitting maul and saw are available on-site.
The cabin is small and sleeps six people on two wooden sleeping platforms. The maximum occupancy is eight people. The cabin is very clean.
One of the best things about this cabin is that you’ll find a rowboat on site. You can spend time rowing across the lake or fishing for rainbow trout, lake trout, Dolly Varden, and sockeye salmon. Keep in mind, fishing equipment is not provided and fishing permits are required.
There is NO running water, electricity, 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.
Swan Lake sits right in front of the cabin, which you can use as a water source. Make sure to purify your water before using it.
Swan Lake Cabin Location
The trail to the cabin starts from the Resurrection Pass Trail in Cooper Landing, which is about a 2 hour drive from Anchorage.
The cabin sits next to Swan Lake and the views from the front deck are amazing! It’s definitely one of my favorite cabin views on the entire trail.
You’ll find yourself surrounded by a spruce and birch forest and you’ll have views of the Kenai Mountains. Berries ripen in this area from mid-July through mid-September.
Parking is included in the cost of the cabin. Make sure to print out your Alaska State Parks parking permit and fill in your registration number to avoid getting a ticket.
Resurrection Pass Trail South to Swan Lake Cabin – 12.7 miles one-way
From Resurrection Pass Trail South, it’s 12.7 miles one-way. The trail is well-maintained and usually highly trafficked during the summer months. It takes about 5 hours to reach the cabin this way, which makes it a great overnight stay on your hike through the pass.
Resurrection Pass Trail North to Swan Lake Cabin – 26.2 miles one-way
From Resurrection Pass Trail North, it’s 26.2 miles one-way. This would be the longer route to reach the cabin and would only make sense if you’re biking or on a multi-day hike.
During the winter, you can access the cabin via Bean Creek Trail, which is the common winter route access. Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel conditions. For more current travel conditions call the park rangers.
It’s important to note that winter access can be very difficult on foot or bike. It’s much easier during odd years, which is when motorized use is allowed on the trail. This allows snow machines to help pack down a good trail for hiking or fat-biking to the cabin.
How to Reserve Swan Lake Public Use Cabin
To reserve the cabin, you will need to visit the reservation site here. The cabin costs $75 per night during peak season (May 1-Sep 30).
- Check-in time: 12:00 p.m.
- Check-out time: 12:00 p.m.
Conclusion: Here’s What I Really Think…
If you’re looking for a cabin to stay at while backpacking Resurrection Pass Trail near Cooper Landing, Alaska, then I recommend staying at Swan Lake Cabin.
The cabin is situated in a great location. It’s very private in comparison to some of the other cabins along the trail, and you can have fun exploring the lake using the rowboat on site!
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