Cabins to open at Chilkoot Trail

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DYEA VALLEY, Alaska -- The legendary Chilkoot Trail has long lured hikers to its beautiful, yet challenging, slopes. But there has never been a place for them to stay.

That's about to change.

Next spring, the nine-cabin Chilkoot Trail Outpost will open less than a half-mile from the head of the Chilkoot Trail in Dyea Valley.

The cabins are being constructed of Sitka Spruce taken from the Chilkat Valley.

The logs were transported to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, where logsmiths hand-peeled, sculpted and prepared them for construction.

Each 380-square-foot cabin will have a bedroom, a sitting area, a loft area, a private bath and a porch with a swing.

Cabins will be able to accommodate up to six people and will come equipped with a microwave, a refrigerator and a coffeemaker.

There will be an area for barbecues and picnics, and bikes will be available for rent.

Rates will start at $125 per night, double, including a basket of provisions and easy-to-prepare foods.

The nearest restaurant will be located seven miles from the five-acre campground.

Formerly an American Indian route, the Chilkoot Trail was used in the late 1890s by gold seekers until the opening of the White Pass Railway farther east.

The trail is often referred to as the "world's longest museum" because of the hundreds of artifacts along the trail left behind by gold seekers.

For more information or reservations, call (907) 983-3499, or visit the cabins' Web site at www.chilkoottrailoutpost.com.

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