There’s a certain time of the year in Alaska when the citizens start getting itchy, jumpy, and agitated. It’s when spring is right around the corner; we feel the Vitamin D from the sun and our supplements working together, doubling up, and compelling us to go outside.
I am no different from my compatriots and I can say with surety – I have cabin fever! And what better way to spend out your energy then by hiking to a cabin? Lucky for us – Alaska has more public use cabins than I know of, and there’s almost always one available if you need a weekend away.
My girlfriends and I opted for a weekend at Callisto Canyon Cabin, a coastal cabin just four miles one-way from Lowell Point in Seward. We hiked to Fort McGilvray, ate, drank, and bested each other in a few hands of Rummy, Spades and Cabo (ask me if you want the rules to any!).
Getting to the cabin is my favorite part. From the DNR Fact Sheet:
Those planning to hike to the cabin should come prepared to work around the tides. The coastal trail begins at Lowell Point at the Lowell Point State Recreation Site trailhead and upper-parking area. The trail leads two miles to Tonsina Point where the tidal trail begins. The next one and one-half miles must be crossed at a plus 4 foot low tide or lower during the summer months and a plus 3 foot low tide or lower during winter months, to avoid getting stranded between the sea and the cliffs. Be familiar with the tides and get started 2 hours prior to the outgoing side of a low tide.
At all times of the year the tidal trail is characterized by the presence of rocks and cobbles normally covered with sea grasses and kelp. These plants make the rocks extremely slippery to walk on. Please use caution as you walk along the tidal areas, avoiding these rocks and utilizing sandy areas whenever possible.
During winter months, be prepared to travel across snow on the trail before Tonsina Point and near the cabins, travel on icy rock beaches, travel through snow slide areas, deal with stronger wave and storm conditions and experience more frequent storm surges that may raise the tide level. Therefore we recommend only traveling by foot at a plus 3-foot low tide or lower during daylight hours.