MCA Hut System
UPDATE: In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Governor of Alaska has issued health mandates. These mandates include specifics related to camping and cabin use. The specifics include "Reservations only. Walk-ins prohibited" and "Non-household members are prohibited from sharing any cabin, tent, or other lodging." MCA does not have a reservation system for the huts, nor any way to ensure that multiple households do not share a hut. Therefore, users are advised that using the huts may be contrary to the Governor's health mandates.
Please support the MCA by becoming a member or volunteering. Construction and maintenance of the huts requires money, materials and volunteers. With the exception of the Eklutna Traverse huts, commercial operations or guided groups are forbidden at the huts, violates our lease and jeopardizes the huts.
To join, or renew, simply click under membership. To volunteer, email the hut chairperson under contact us.
Hut rules: Don’t leave food, clean up after yourself, don’t write on the walls, remove all human waste. Huts are first-come-first-served with no reservations. MCA Members and official MCA trips have preference if there is a conflict.
MCA huts offer the safety and comfort of a mountain retreat in remote locations throughout Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains. They are simple, basic structures set among breathtaking scenery. MCA members have full access to these wonderful refuges, they can be linked as winter or summer traverses, provide a basecamp while climbing nearby granite spires, or a place to recover after a peak bagging expedition. Whatever the reason treat them with respect, enjoy the experience they provide, and leave them better than you found them.
The MCA built nine and now maintains eight mountain huts in the local Chugach and Talkeetna Mountains for public use. These huts are simple frame structures, double-walled and insulated with a loft and steep metal roof. They are equipped with cooking stoves and lanterns, and a few essentials for the mountains. They are not heated and have no beds. Generally they hold 8-10 people and do not require any reservations. All of them are located above treeline, usually right next to glaciers, and are used most often for climbing nearby peaks, glacier traverses, and for skiing and hiking trips.
All of the Chugach huts require glacier travel skills to reach and only two of the seven huts can be reached by fixed-wing aircraft (without special permission). All of the huts were designed, funded and constructed by dedicated club members and friends.
Contact the hut chairperson for material needed to be taken in, repairs to be made, damage to report, etc.
Before visiting the huts or going on the Eklutna Traverse, please review the Huts Inventory and Needs page and see what things need to be carried to the huts or what repairs need to be done. Your help is greatly appreciated!
|Hut||Area||Mountain Range||Built||GPS (NAD 83)|
||Eklutna Glacier||Chugach Mountains||1964||61 14.625 N||148 58.568 W|
||Whiteout Glacier||Chugach Mountains||1968||61 08.397 N||148 57.587 W|
||Eagle Glacier||Chugach Mountains||1968||61 05.300 N||149 01.100 W|
||Mint Glacier||Talkeetna Mountains||1971||61 51.406 N||149 04.786 W|
||Bartholf Creek||Talkeetna Mountains||1990||61 52.757 N||149 08.122 W|
||Moose Creek||Talkeetna Mountains||1995||61 51.822 N||148 57.068 W|
|Seth Holden Hut||Montana Peak||Talkeetna Mountains||2018||61° 54' 28.08'' N||149° 2' 34.08'' W|
|Scandinavian Peaks Hut
||Matanuska Glacier||Chugach Mountains||1990||61 35.500 N||147 28.500 W|
|Bock's Den - removed 2009||Matanuska Glacier||Chugach Mountains||1992|
MCA's first hut, built in 1964, the forerunner of the Eklutna Traverse system of shelters.
Built in 1968, originally named Whiteout Glacier Cabin, part of the Eklutna Traverse. Parties tend to get stranded at Hans’s due to bad weather, make sure you have plenty of provisions to outlast a storm.
Rosie’s was built in 1968, it is part of the Eklutna Traverse and was originally called Eagle Glacier Cabin.
Built in 1971 it is the most popular hut because of its ease of access, with no technical travel or large elevation gains. Located in a spectacular setting at the headwaters of Little Susitna River. It is a gateway to the beautiful Talkeetna Mountains and offers the traveler a comfortable rest stop on the Bomber Traverse, a base camp to the assaults on the nearby granite peaks, or a destination in itself.
Bomber hut was built in 1990, it is part of the Bomber Traverse, but can also be utilized as an overnight destination.
Built in 1995, the hut is part of the Bomber traverse but is seldom visited. Dinigi, the peak above the hut means Moose in the Dnaina language.
|Seth Holden Hut
Built in 2018. It can be accessed from the Bomber Hut or a trail between Mint and Dnigi Huts
|Scandinavian Peaks Hut
Built in 1990 among the magnificent Scandinavian peaks of the Matanuska Glacier area. It provides a great base camp for the exploration of the area and assaults on the neighboring peaks.
Bock's Den was built in 1992 but removed in October 2009.