Hidden gem Fred Blixt Cabin offers year-round Alaska experience without the backcountry commitment

Craig McCaa
Cabin in woods
Fred Blixt Cabin, located near mile 62 on the Elliott Highway, offers a pleasant get-away only a few hours from Fairbanks. It's also a helpful overnight stop for travelers heading north to the Dalton Highway or for those about to embark on a trip into the nearby White Mountains National Recreation Area. Photo by Craig McCaa.

The White Mountains National Recreation Area with its extensive winter trails and public-use cabins is justifiably known as Interior Alaska’s winter playground. However, many visitors to the area are unaware that right next to the 1-million-acre recreation area, BLM’s Fred Blixt public use cabin offers the quintessential Alaska log cabin experience while providing far easier, year-round accessibility.

Staying at Fred Blixt Cabin requires an advance reservation, which can be made through the Recreation.gov website. A short access road from the Elliott Highway leads you straight to the front door after a 2-hour drive north from Fairbanks. 

This kid-friendly cabin is named after a Swedish trapper who built the original cabin on the site in 1935. The cabin includes a wood stove, propane cook stove, lantern, and table, as well as bunks and benches. You’ll need to bring propane canisters, food, and camping gear.

 

Man loading wood stove
A visitor feeds wood into the woodstove at Fred Blixt Cabin on the Elliott Highway. Photo by Craig McCaa.

Fred Blixt Cabin’s location makes it equally ideal for a day trip to the White Mountains, a weekend escape from town, or a first night’s layover on a longer adventure up the Dalton Highway. Foot trails lead through boreal forest and open meadows with views of the Tolovana River. On clear winter nights the northern lights may often be seen dancing above the treetops. For those who want an Alaska experience without a serious backcountry commitment, Fred Blixt Cabin is the place!

Get more great ideas for recreation on your public lands in Alaska at www.blm.gov/alaska/recreation