The Alaska State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service have cabins for rent.
Alaska State Parks. Near Ketchikan and Juneau, the park system has a small number of cabins for which reservations can be made up to six months in advance. Sleeping capacity ranges from 4 to 10 people. Alaska. www.dnr.alaska.gov/parks. From $45 a night.
U.S. Forest Service Cabins. At up to $45 per night, Forest Service cabins make for a cheap and charming escape, but they're popular; reserve in person, by mail, or online—up to six months in advance of your planned arrival date—with the National Recreation Reservation System www.reserveamerica.com. Most cabins are reached by floatplane or boat, but some are accessible by road. They offer bunks for six to eight occupants, tables, stoves, and outdoor privies, but no electricity or running water. You provide a sleeping bag, food, and cooking utensils. Alaska. 877/444–6777; www.recreation.gov.
A few local outfitters rent cabin supplies. Alaska Wilderness Outfitting, part of Experience One Charters in Ketchikan, rents supplies such as cooking utensils, Coleman stoves, coolers, knives, and hot pads. Sitka Alaska Outfitters in Sitka can outfit you with a complete camping package that includes everything from sleeping pads to bear spray.
Experience One Charters. 3857 Fairview Ave., Ketchikan, Alaska, 99901. 907/225–2343; www.latitude56.com.
Sitka Alaska Outfitters. 105 B Monastery St., Sitka, Alaska, 99835. 907/966--2301 ; www.sitkaalaskaoutfitters.com.