Hans' Hut on the Whiteout Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Travis Taylor.

Scandinavian Peaks Hut on the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by William Finley.

Scandinavian Peaks Hut on the Matanuska Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Wayne Todd.

Rosies Roost on the Eklutna Glacier in the Chugach Mountains.

Photo by Greg Bragiel.

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 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)
Pichler's Perch
Eklutna Glacier Chugach Mountains 1964 61 14.625 N 148 58.568 W
Han's Hut
Whiteout Glacier Chugach Mountains 1968 61 08.397 N 148 57.587 W
Rosie's Roost
Eagle Glacier Chugach Mountains 1968 61 05.300 N 149 01.100 W
Mint Hut
Mint Glacier Talkeetna Mountains 1971 61 51.406 N 149 04.786 W
Bomber Hut
Bartholf Creek Talkeetna Mountains 1990 61 52.757 N 149 08.122 W
Dnigi Hut
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

Pichler's Perch 
MCA's first hut, built in 1964, the forerunner of the Eklutna Traverse system of shelters.

Han's Hut 
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 Roost  
Rosie’s was built in 1968, it is part of the Eklutna Traverse and was originally called Eagle Glacier Cabin.

Mint Hut 
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 
Bomber hut was built in 1990, it is part of the Bomber Traverse, but can also be utilized as an overnight destination.

Dnigi Hut 
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 
Bock's Den was built in 1992 but removed in October 2009.

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Many thanks to: Wayne Todd, Tim Silvers, Ross Noffsinger, Steve Gruhn, Carrie Wang, Billy Finley and many others who provided information, ideas and photos. And thanks to Willy Hersman who created, managed and hosted the first MCA website, without which this site's development would have been so much more difficult. Current website donated by Couloir Graphics.