The property is located at the first railroad work site as the Alaska Railroad began out of Seward in 1905. It is graced by some truly ancient trees, abandoned wooden boats, and old industrial detritus.
The Workers harvested Hemlock from the other side of the lake and hacked them into the railroad ties that build the first tracks.
When the railroad was completed these original "tie hackers" dispersed to their favorite spots throughout Alaska to homestead. Andy Simons settled here and became the first registered hunting guide in Alaska. The Mountain to the northeast bears his name.
The original cabin dates from that period and has survived only thanks to it's concrete foundation and it's metal roof. The railroad cabin spent decades abandoned and only now is undergoing a meticulous restoration. Hopefully in the future you will be able to stay in it as well.
The Lake shore is dominated by the effects of the biannual "jokulhlaup." This glacial lake outburst flood occurs every other year in the fall and causes the lake to rise 6+ feet in 2 days. This means massive amounts of driftwood come down the Snow river and ends up on the shore. The cabins are built high to accommodate this event.