A beautiful location inside Alaska’s back country, the Stiles Creek cabin is a well maintained and relatively easy to reach site. Two trails lead to the cabin door. The first is a western trail shared with the Colorado Creek cabin with a trail head and parking lot located at Mile 31.6 Chena Hot Springs Road on the left (north) side of the road. An eastern trail head is located in the back of the shooting range off Mile 36.4 Chena Hot Springs Road (north side). The state park service opens the trails up to snowmachines in winter and ATVs in summer.
The cozy cabin is well designed and built. The 12′ x 16′ layout is perfect. Upon entering a warm wood stove is on the right with plenty of hooks, shelving and line to hang up and dry wet clothes and gear. A small table with benches divides the west side of the cabin with a kitchen area opposite the entry. Both table and benches can be relocated closer to the wood stove or kitchen if necessary. The wooden counter top includes a metal surface to operate a pack stove. And there is plenty of storage space for boxes and backpacks. A bench runs along the eastern wall that doubles as a bunk capable of easily sleeping two people or seating a large group. A steep staircase begins directly in front of the entry way. Ample room is available in the loft for sleeping 4-6 adults. A short railing keeps tossers and turners from tumbling over the edge. Be wary with small children – you may want to sleep with the little ones below if they are not used to climbing.
Stiles Creek cabin is part of the Alaska State Parks Chena River State Recreation Area. The park currently includes eight cabins. Northern area cabin availability and rental can be found online.
Furniture at the cabin includes a table and benches along with a large foam pad in the loft. A variety of tools include a bow saw, ax, broom and a very unique snow shovel comprised of a push blade clamped to a tree branch with hose clamps. Very odd looking, but functional enough to keep a path to the door clear. A propane lantern is kept hanging with fuel along with an extra tanks of gas, extra wicks and matches on the shelf in the kitchen. A small 1st aid kit is bolted to the wall. And two thermometers hang on the cabin, one inside and one outside.
Items to share
Enough firewood should be cut and left inside the cabin and in the wood box on the deck. Be sure to bring along some of your own and or cut some down trees along the way just in case. Leave firewood behind for the next visitors. If you are riding by ATV or snowmachine bring along propane for yourself and share for others.