Raven's Roost Cabin

Raven's Roost cabin with trees, snow, and blue sky

Sitting on the Alexander Archipelago in southeast Alaska the Raven's Roost Cabin is a custom built alpine cabin which was designed to allow access through the door in the loft during periods of deep winter snow. It sits at the top of a mountain in a very scenic area, providing views of surrounding terrain and access to a variety of recreational opportunities. Visitors enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as wildlife viewing and berry picking. The cabin is located on Mitkof Island, on the mountain above Petersburg Airport, at an elevation of 1,745 feet. It is the only cabin accessible by trail from Petersburg. The cabin is 16'x20' with a covered deck and a loft. The cabin has wooden bunks on the main floor and a sleeping loft.. It is equipped with a covered deck, a table and benches, a propane heater and an outhouse with a pit toilet. Terrain surrounding the cabin is flat muskeg and beyond that is steep mountain slopes. The cabin offers nice views of the Wrangell Narrows and Kupreanof Island to the west. A variety of wildlife can be seen in the area, including eagles, moose, deer, porcupines and black bears. The only fresh water available is from nearby adjacent pond or muskeg pools or melted snow. Water taken from any outdoor source should be treated or boiled before consumption. Guests are encouraged to bring drinking water if possible.

The area is popular among snowmobile enthusiasts, cross-country skiers, telemark skiers and snowshoers. During summer months the surrounding muskegs bloom with several species of wildflowers and wild berries. A trail to the north of the cabin connects to Petersburg, while a winter ski trail is marked to the south linking to the Twin Creeks road.

At a Glance

Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by Recreation.gov
Fees: $40/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$35/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Usage: Light
Water: No
Restroom: Pit Toilet
Operated By: Forest Service - Petersburg Ranger District

General Information


Atop a mountain behind the Petersburg airport. The cabin is accessed via the Raven Trail, which is 4.2 miles in length and gains 1800' in elevation.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

The custom built Raven's Roost alpine cabin was designed to allow access through the door in the loft during periods of deep winter snow. Amenities include: oil heater (#1 stove oil only), sleeping platform, sleeping loft, wooden table and benches, deck, and outhouse. Stove oil, bedding, and cooking utensils are not provided. The ridge surrounding the cabin is flat muskeg, otherwise terrain is a steep mountain slope. Occupancy of Forest Service cabins is by permit only. Reservations may be made up to 180 days in advance.

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at www.recreation.gov, this link will also provide more detailed information about the cabin.
Size Restrictions 6

Day Hiking

Raven's Roost Cabin is accessed via the 4.2 mile Raven Trail.


Spectacular views with access by snowmobile with adequate snow cover in the winter.

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1800 feet