Black Bear Wilderness Adventures

Kluane Log Cabin

Kluane Log Cabin

Right at the feet of the famous Kluane National Park, this cozy log cabin is nestled between spruce trees and cottonwoods. A short walk from the Alaska-bound Haines Highway you will find ample space around the cabin and endless wilderness right behind it. Forested trails and grassy meadows, not only invite moose, coyotes, bears, and other native inhabitants but will lead you into some amazing, untouched northern backcountry.

Deep blue Kathleen Lake, the high country of St. Elias Mountain Range, and the remote valleys of the Cottonwood Pass are only minutes away.

The open concept cabin sleeps 4 people, on one fold-out couch and a double bunk-bed. In the main area, you find a table and chairs, a woodstove, and lots of shelves.

Windows along two full sides provide for a fantastic view of the backcountry, and “King’s Throne” summit can be seen from the kitchen window or front porch.

The kitchen area is separated by a counter. It comes with all the kitchen equipment such as pots and pans, cutlery, water containers, and dishes as well as a 2-burner propane stove. For lighting, you have portable battery-driven LED lanterns, two oil lamps, and several flashlights.

The outhouse, your bathroom facility, is only meters away.

In the summer a dug-out earth cooler keeps your perishables and drinks in top shape, however, in the winter you might only bring a cooler to place outside at night.
Behind the cabin, a campfire set up with seats and benches allows for memorable evenings outside.

We have split and stacked plenty of wood for the inside woodstove and you find round logs for the fire pit outside. Ax and maul are available to split these for a bonfire.

CAD$ 700.00 + 5 % GST for 1-2 people per week.
CAD$ 800.00 + 5 % GST for 3-4 people per week.
CAD$ 125.00 + 5 % GST daily rate.
Cabin rental, firewood, propane, complete kitchen facility, mattresses, pillows, pillowcases and sleeping bags/duvet, literature, and games.
(Ask for a satellite phone if you wish to rent one for safety reasons.)
You need to bring all your food and drinks, while everything else to cook inside or bbq on the open fire is there. Binoculars are recommended as well as a bear spray if you intend to venture into the wild (means every step you take outside the cabin). Good hiking boots and rain gear, maps, and safety kit.

During the Summer months, we would recommend bringing insect repellent for there are enough mosquitos for everybody.

In the winter it is wise to bring a headlamp and warm slippers for the cabin.

Location/Outside

A short 200-meter driveway from Haines Road to the cabin. In the winter 4-wheel drive is recommended especially after a recent snowfall. The driveway first slopes down and then up again to the cabin.

20 meters of a narrow path leads from where you can park your vehicle to the cabin. Again, in the winter this might be snowed in and you have to either shovel it or pack with your snowshoes. Clear at least 2-feet wide, so you can drag the plastic toboggan up to the cabin, loaded with food, things and your water canisters.

Past the front entrance, you come to a place signed as Grey Water, where you dump your used water. And again, in the winter this might be covered with snow, but the sign should direct you and keep you from dumping (or peeing!) straight from the porch.

Another 20 meters and you reach your outhouse.

Behind the cabin, our fireplace is prepared and can, also, be snowed in heavily. If you use it, we ask you to help with chopping some wood and not using just the small pieces from the porch which have been split to woodstove length. There is no BBQ.

Two propane bottles are placed underneath the front porch accessible from the right, of which only one is hooked up. To change the bottle, you find the tools for that in the front cabin area on the small window shelf.

A metal bucket and shovel to empty the ashes from the woos stove usually sits on the front porch. Ashes are to be deposited into the big silvery metal trash can located under the tree at the parking spot. If in the winter it has disappeared under the snow please dump ashes in the great parking spot halfway down the driveway.

Kitchen/Front Area

Our cabin is one big room for all people to share, with beds, couch, table, woodstove and shelves. The kitchen area is separated by a half-wall. No running water, but a blue jug system, long kitchen counter with a two-burner propane cooker. The left side of the counter ends in a cubby hole for your water canister, that empties into a washbasin placed on a bucket stand.

The kitchen contains all thing need to cook and eat, except food items: 5 medium pots with lids, 2 big pots with lids, 2 pans, 1 10 cup percolator and a 5 cup French press and small stove-top espresso maker, sieve, metal bowls, cheese scraper, cutting boards, funnels, measuring cup and spoons. Then plates, bowls, cups and glasses for 4 people, boiled egg holders, cutlery and all helpful “kitchen weapons” such as ladles, scoops, spatulas, bread and meat knives, potato-masher, whisk, peeling knife, can and bottle opener, wooden skewers. There will be dish and hand soap and during COVID times hand sanitizer.
Under the counter, you find unused dish cleaning pads and scrubbers and garbage bags.

While you should not rely on or expect any food items to be there, guests leave behind non-perishable items such as an array of spices, milk powder, sugar, soja sauce, tea bags and sometimes coffee, some drink crystals. There is a hand-operated coffee grinder on a beam above the counter.

The wardrobe in the entrance holds toilet paper and paper towels, as well as cleaning utensils. On the left side, you find a box with various spare parts, matches, lighters, oil lamp wicks, mosquito coils, and more batteries as well as the box into which used batteries should be deposited. Big rubber boots in the lowest shelve help you to get more water from Kathleen River if you need to. Spare newspapers are here to start fires.

On top of this cupboard, there are 2 extra 20-litre water canisters, old-ice cream buckets that, in the summer, can be used in the dug-out earth cooler, and an extra washbasin for face and body.

Under the small window, we usually place the axes and brooms, at least when we leave the cabin.

Living/Sleeping Area

A table with 4 chairs keeps a double bunk bed and a 2 people fold-out couch company. One extra chair in front of the woodstove sits beside shelves holding up lots of reading and game material, one copy of the “How Things Work at the Cabin” folder and a map with information on the Kluane are. We provide 2 battery-driven LED lanterns you can move anywhere, 4 small torch lights that can be hung anywhere and a couple of motion-activated slim lights. A ghetto blaster provides music from the radio, cassettes and CDs (the latter you have to bring yourself)

In non-COVID times we provide bed linen, sleeping bags for the bunks and a king-size duvet for the couch along with pillowcases and kitchen towels and dishrags.

During COVID times we refrain from that and you have to bring: twin-sized fitted or non-fitted mattress-sheets for the bunks and a queen mattress sheet for the couch, as well as pillowcases. Pillows are there. You will find all mattresses covered in protection sheets that are not recently washed)

Outhouse

We have laced a broom here to sweep out debris and snow. There is a white ceramic bucket with spare toilet paper and a black plastic bucket (lined with your new plastic bag) for used toilet paper.

Nothing goes into the hole that has not been eaten first!!!

The key is located inside the shelve that is fixed halfway up the back wall, hopefully on its right end. To reduce smell in the summer, we recommend scooping 1-2 spoons of septic powered into the hole after usage.

 

  • From Whitehorse, you start out on the Alaska Highway West, towards Haines Junction/Kluane National Park.
  • After a few kilometers, you see the turn-off to Dawson City (North Klondike Highway), however, you stay on the Alaska Highway.
  • About 2 hours later and a total of 160 kilometers you reach Haines Junction, a picturesque town with limited shopping facilities. It sports a post office, several restaurants and take-outs, gas stations and a nursing station as well as a police station.
  • You drive straight through town and over a bridge (crossing the Dezadeash River). You are now on the Haines Road towards Haines/Alaska. DO NOT turn right in the middle of town.
  • Another 23 kilometers and you cross Kathleen River, then pass Kathleen Lake Lodge on the left, and shortly afterward the turn off to Kathleen Lake Campground on your right.
  • Stay on the highway.
  • 2 more kilometers and you will see the green kilometer highway sign on your left reading kilometer 218, this is where the driveway to your cabin starts
  • turn left into the driveway, 200 meters later you arrived.
With the cabin at the foothills of the world-heritage site Kluane National Park, countless trails and paddle options invite the nature enthusiast to short, medium, or multi-day excursions. Only a few kilometers to the South, Haines Pass with its wide-open plateaus, roaming grizzly bears, and soaring eagles invite to an adventurous highly scenic road trip. Further down the highway, Haines in Alaska, a quaint little harbour community, with ocean shores and bays placed below eternal glaciers allows for sea kayaking, salmon fishing, and tidal hikes.

The close-by Tatshenshini River has world-class rafting to offer, from an adventurous afternoon to 12-day trips all across the park and into Dry Bay.

Haines Junction presents itself with all amenities, such as bakery, gas stations, post office, bank, stores, and restaurants. Here you also find the newly built Kluane National Park and Reserve Visitor Centre, adjacent to the Native Culture Centre. Hiking and fishing licenses, information about trails, and endless stories and data about the area’s history, flora, and wildlife are presented in interactive digital presentations that will leave you with unforgettable memories.

You have chosen to stay at a remote wilderness cabin, to enjoy solitude and quietness. With nobody around or living close-by.
Due to this situation, we rely on our guests to tidy and clean up before they leave,  so the next guests can enjoy the cabin at its best.
Please help us and sweep the floor, wash your dishes, clean the cookstove and brush out the entrance carpet with the stiff blue broom.
Thank You so much!

There is no power and no running water, however, we are glad to note that there is fairly well cell phone reception. If you have trouble step outside the cabin or as a last effort walk up to the highway and you should be getting 1-2 bars.

Summer

  • Bring a bear spray, it can and has saved lives. Do not trust and use it if you find a spray at the cabin it can be old and won’t work properly.
  • Mosquitos are quite abundant, especially in June, come with good insect repellent.
  • Outside fires are possible, but keep it small and stay with it, please refrain from open fires when it is windy.

Winter

  • It can be cold, so bring warm clothes, and very warm slippers, don’t forget the headlamps.
  • Your vehicle should start at very low temperatures as there is no way to plug it in. It should also be able to handle 3-5 inches of snow on a slopy driveway (200m)
  • After a recent snowfall, you might have to trample the short path from the car to the cabin (15m) or from the cabin to the outhouse (20m) down. Snowshoes are recommended.
  • At severe cold temperatures, we reserve the right to not rent and also to cancel arrangements already made.

Special COVID regulations

Non-Contact Registration

  • we do not meet with our guests prior to their going out so you will self-register with the key being on-site;
  • we need you to bring your own water, 25-liter containers will fit perfectly into the slot it needs to go on the kitchen counter;
  • we will sanitize the cabin prior to your arrival and leave a minimum of 1 day between rentals.
  • you will have to bring all bedding such as bedsheets, sleeping bags, blankets, shams, and kitchen towels and dishrags.

Enhanced Cleaning Protocol

  • We use disinfectants approved by global health agencies to help prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • We wore protective equipment, like a mask and gloves, while cleaning
  • Each area was sanitized using extensive cleaning checklists
  • We provide extra cleaning supplies, so you can clean as you stay
  • All high-touch surfaces have been sanitized

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