Crescent Saddle Cabin

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A 12 x 14-foot rustic cabin overlooking the southern shore of Crescent Lake. The surrounding area is near tree line affording views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

This cabin sleeps 6 and has a table, wood stove, splitting maul, crosscut saw, outhouse, and rowboat with oars.

Not included: running water, electricity, mattress or bedding, cooking utensils, or cut firewood.

At a Glance

Reservations: Cabin reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance by calling 1-877-444-6777 (518-885-3639 overseas)  or visiting Cabin reservations (check-in  & check out time) are from noon to noon.
Fees Per night prices range from $50-60 (2018 prices) depending on season. Cabin fees are based on non-peak/peak season. Seasons vary by cabin. A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by
Restrictions: Trails are closed to motorized use May 1- November 30. Trails are closed to pack/saddle stock April 1- June 30. Crescent Lake Trail not recommended for horses and bicycles.

General Information


Crescent Saddle Cabin is on Crescent Lake Trail. It is a 7 mile hike via Carter Lake Trail and an 11 mile hike via Crescent Creek Trail. Winter access is via Carter Lake Trail and the frozen surface of Crescent Lake. This cabin can be accessed by hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and float plane.

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Permits & Regulations

Crescent Creek Trail and Carter Lake Trail are closed to horses from April 1-June 30 and closed to motorized vehicles from May 1 - November 30.

Safety Information

Extreme snow avalanche danger on Crescent Creek Trail in winter and early spring. For winter access to the cabin use the Carter Lake Trail and traverse across the southern side of frozen Crescent Lake. Avoid the area during extreme avalanche hazard. The primitive trail around Crescent Lake crosses several avalanche chutes and should not be used in the winter.

Inclement weather may cause an unexpected extension of the trip. Bring extra supplies to last 2-5 days. High winds may sweep across the lake causing danger for small boats. Bring life vests they are not provided by the Forest Service. Boil surface water 5 minutes before drinking. Remember to pack out your trash. You can contact a U.S. Forest Service office to receive more detailed information on safety precautions.

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