Signage points the way to the Swan Lake Cabin in the Chugach National Forest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Signage points the way to the Swan Lake Cabin in the Chugach National Forest on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 near Cooper Landing, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Chugach National Forest to hold meetings on 5 proposed cabins

The Chugach National Forest this week set dates for four public meetings about five new public use cabins that are proposed for construction on and around the Kenai Peninsula. According to a Friday news release from the forest, these meetings will be an opportunity for forest leadership to share information and answer questions about the cabins.

Per the announcement, the meetings will be located in four communities near the proposed construction site. Each of the four meetings is scheduled for 6 p.m.

July 10, a meeting will be held at the Hope Social Hall in Hope. July 11, a meeting will be held at the Moose Pass Sportsman’s Club in Moose Pass. July 12 a meeting will be held at the Seward Community Library & Museum in Seward. Finally, Aug. 8, a meeting will be held at the Glacier Ranger District office in Girdwood.

The five cabins are set to be constructed in four locations in the Glacier and Seward Ranger Districts.

At Granite Creek Campground, located near Moose Pass, two cabins are proposed.

Along the Turnagain Pass Trail segment of the Iditarod National Historic Trail, the Tincan Cabin is proposed. The release notes that most users will access the cabin by a roughly 3-mile hike from Center Ridge Trailhead near Girdwood.

The Porcupine Cabin is proposed for construction within Porcupine Campground near Hope, between campsites 14 and 15 and close to the Gull Rock Trail.

Finally, the Meridian Cabin is proposed for the east side of Meridian Lake, close to Bear Creek and Seward. The cabin would be accessed using either the Grayling Lake Trail or the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

The announcement comes around a week after the forest began soliciting public comment on the proposed construction, seeking input and ideas.

Further details on each of the cabins — including maps and images of proposed styles — can be found at fs.usda.gov/projects/chugach/landmanagement/projects.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

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