Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Craig

Twelvemile Arm Cabin

Sandhill cranes come to the area in the spring.

Twelvemile Cabin is a fully accessible cabin located on Twelvemile Inlet on Prince of Wales Island. The cabin is accessible by vehicle and a short gravel trail. The cabin is nestled in a canopy of young Sitka spruce and western hemlock. There are plenty of places to explore in the Twelvemile area, including an estuary just south of the cabin, where wildlife is abundant, including sandhill cranes, eagles, wolves, black bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, and a variety of migratory birds. Across the inlet from the cabin is a view of Twelvemile old growth reserve. This area is managed for old growth characteristics and provides a pristine forest setting. Anglers will find that Twelvemile Creek, which flows into the inlet, has an excellent run of coho salmon and other fish. Waterfowl and seabirds visit the estuary throughout the year with concentrations during the fall and winter. Sandhill cranes come to the area in the spring. Other migratory birds stop here in the spring and fall to rest and feed before continuing on.


From Craig, take State Highway 924 approximately 20 miles, turn right on the Hydaburg Highway and drive 9.7 miles, turn left on Forest Road NF-21 and drive 5.8 miles, continue straight onto NF-2120 and drive 1.4 miles. The parking area is located off a marked spur road from Forest Road 2120.

Sandhill Crane.
Sandhill Crane. Photo: John Schoen

Trail Information:

  • Short gravel trail from parking area to cabin

Birding Resources:

  •  eBird Hotspot: None

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