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Letter: Visit Manitoba Cabin on Public Lands Day

The Alaska Huts Association was delighted to see Manitoba Cabin on the front of the sports section Tuesday. Shawn Lyons’ hiking column had an excellent story to tell about hiking access in an area more known for skiing, and he had great photos. This area truly is a multi-use area with private property near the highway and mining claims virtually everywhere else. The best recreation access in this area to avoid disturbing the neighbors is at Mile Post 48 of the Seward Highway, where there is a large pullout. A small trail heads into the woods away from the highway at the MP 48 sign. There is information about the fully restored hut, our nonprofit association, and the area’s great hiking, skiing, biking, and kayaking potential at www.alaskahuts.org.

 Website visitors may also check hut availability and make reservations. State and Forest Service lands and trails like the ones surrounding Manitoba Cabin are a great public resource. We encourage everyone to get out and enjoy them on National Public Lands Day — this Saturday — or any day of the year.

— John Wolfe, executive director, 

Alaska Huts, Anchorage