North Young Lake Cabin offers guests recreation, relaxation and a unique wilderness
lodging experience on the northern tip of Admiralty Island in the Tongass National Forest.
The remote site offers a scenic setting for hiking, fishing, boating, berry picking and wildlife
viewing, all within the vicinity of the cabin.
Young Lake North Cabin is one of two cabins on the lake. The other is the South Young Lake
Access to the cabin is float plane only. Visitors are responsible for their own travel
arrangements and safety and must bring several of their own amenities.
Anglers enjoy Young Lake for catching cutthroat trout, dolly varden
and coho salmon. Visitors are welcome to use the skiff with oars available at the cabin and
may choose to bring a small outboard motor. The motor must be less than 10 horsepower
due to wilderness regulations, and visitors are responsible for bringing and using personal
floatation devices. The lake is normally ice-free from mid May through
Several primitive trails extend from the cabin into the forest. The Admiralty Cove-Young Lake
trailhead is at the cabin’s doorstep. The trail is 4.5 miles departing from the cabin and ending
at Admiralty cabin and cove. It is a relatively flat trail and follows the creek at each end of the
trail. The round-trip hike can be fairly strenuous when conditions are rainy and wet.
The cabin is a primitive, pre-cut cedar log cabin in pan-
abode style, furnished with wooden bunkbeds without mattresses that sleep up to six
guests. The cabin is equipped with a table, benches, an oil stove for heat and an outside
toilet. Other amenities include cooking counters, shelves, cupboard space and a
The cabin does not have running water or electricity, and visitors must bring their own food,
water, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cook stoves, matches, cooking gear/utensils, light
source, toilet paper, first aid kit and garbage bags.
Guests should bring #1 heating oil (kerosene) to fuel the stove. The stove will burn half a
gallon in eight hours at the lowest setting, and up to 1.2 gallons during eight hours at the highest
setting. A flash light is handy for looking into the burn chamber when lighting the stove.
Matches or a lighter are needed to light a small piece of paper to drop in to the burn
chamber when lighting the stove. Detailed directions with photos on how to light the
stove are provided in the cabin.
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The cabin is situated under a canopy of old growth forest at an elevation of 320 feet, set
back 50 feet from the north end of Young Lake.
The Kootznoowoo Wilderness encompasses nearly a million acres. Dense spruce and hemlock forests, glacier-fed streams, lakes and muskeg
openings define the landscape. Peaks rise from the horizon in the distance.
Wildlife in the area abounds. Sitka black-tailed deer stay well hidden in the dense forest and
bald eagles are easily found in treetops along most beaches. Bears frequent the area near
the cabin and trails, particularly during salmon runs July through August. Learn more about
bear safety in the Tongass National Forest.Access to the cabin is by float plane. It is about a 20-minute flight from Juneau. This cabin is
in a designated Wilderness area, and access by helicopter is illegal. In fall, winter and early
spring the cabin may be inaccessible due to frozen lake surface (float planes cannot land).
The lake is normally ice-free from mid-May through November. Refer to USGS topographic
map Juneau A-2. Click
here for information about reaching Forest Service Cabins.
Inclement weather conditions may cause an extension of your trip during any time of the
year and winter access can be difficult due to snow and ice conditions. Visitors should bring
extra supplies to last 2-5 days. Please contact the Admiralty Island
National Monument at 907-586-8800 prior to arrival for more detailed information about
safety precautions.Only one change per reservation for all Alaska cabins is allowed. Change is defined as a
modification to the start or end date of the reservation; after one change has been made, if
additional changes are desired, the customer must cancel the current reservation and re-
book the new dates.907-586-8800N