Caines Head State Recreation Area

We headed down to Seward to check out the Callisto Canyon Cabin, located in the Caines Head State Recreation Area. You can get there by boat or by hiking during low tide. We opted to work around the tides and hike the four and half miles to the cabin. Reading tides are important, as you have to hike the beach at low tide so you do not get caught up against the cliffs at high tide.  We arrived at the trailhead at 4:30pm and were on the trail shortly after, we were working around the 5:55pm low tide. The hike was very peaceful and as you can imagine, once we hit the beach it was very flat.

We arrived at the cabin around 7:30pm and were soon making dinner and checking out the new digs. The bench on the cabin’s porch had some great texture to it. Liza thought it could have been made by past insects inhabiting the wood.

The next morning we woke up and headed out early to catch another low tide to Fort McGivrary. There is only a short 1/2 mile section you have to cross at low tide to get to Derby Cove. As we walked on the beach we took the time to look at the tiny crabs and rushing waterfalls. As we approached the fort we noticed the old docks and piers, which were placed there in 1941. A gentle sloping hike along an old service road takes you 2.5 miles to the fort.

The fort was active from 1941 through 1944 and sits on top of a 650 foot cliff above Resurrection Bay. The army chose this location to defend Seward from a possible Japanese invasion. It was creepy walking through the desolate buildings, but interesting to let your mind wonder about what once could have happened in the bunkers at Fort McGivrary.

The group decided to take the loop back, which meant our next stop was South Beach.  Located a few miles from the fort, South Beach once consisted of utility buildings and barracks to house 500 soldiers.  

After we took a quick cat nap at the beach we made our way back through the woods and back to the cabin. At the end of the day we got 13 miles of beautiful, and not to strenuous, hiking in.

When we got back Liza and I got the fire going inside and Dave got one going outside. Unfortunately, the folks that used the cabin before us left one large garbage bag full of trash that needed to be burned outside. We brought the remaining trash out that could not be burned. Pack it in, pack it out. Below is a picture of Chris with his ingenious rain catcher. The stream near the cabin was dry and Chris decided to catch the rain from the roof to refill his water bottle. Although the idea sounded great, apparently it tasted a little bit like firewood, most likely from the soot from the chimney.

On Sunday morning we had to work around natures schedule once again and we woke up early to catch the low tide out. We were greeted by tons of starfish and colorful kelp. Next time we may try kayaking out to the cabin, but glad we made the trek on foot this time around.

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