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part ofTongass National Forest, US Forest Service
Exterior Summer
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates


Dan Moller Cabin was originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of a combined effort by the Juneau Ski Club and the Forest Service to develop winter recreation on Douglas Island. It was named after a Forest Service employee who was also the founding member of the Juneau Ski Club. The cabin was rebuilt in 2010 and now features a design that withstands heavy snow loads.

The site is open year-round and can be accessed by hiking, snowshoeing or skiing on a 3-mile trail with an 1,800-foot elevation gain. Access by snowmobile is allowed only when snow is at least a foot deep. Visitors are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The cabin sits at an elevation of 1,800 feet, surrounded by the scenic alpine landscape of central Douglas Island. It is located near the headwaters of Kowee Creek. Views from the front of the cabin reveal snow-capped peaks and evergreen trees.

The access trail to the cabin follows Kowee Creek and features meadows that bloom with summer wildflowers. Wildlife in the area includes black bear, grouse, deer and wolves (bear safety information).


The Dan Moller trailhead to access the cabin is partially planked and passes through muskeg. Trail planks are slippery when wet or frosty. There is a high avalanche danger in winter and early spring. The trail continues past the cabin and into the mountains.

A ski bowl above the cabin offers relatively flat terrain for cross-country and telemark skiing.


This 16-by-20 cedar cabin sleeps eight and comes equipped with a double and single bunk on the first floor and a sleeping loft with two long platforms that can accommodate two people each. Other amenities include a table with benches, broom and dustpan, propane furnace, wood stove, snow shovel and an outhouse. Propane is provided for the furnace. A covered deck extends from the front of the cabin.

Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream uphill from the cabin, but visitors should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that visitors bring their own water supply.

Cooking facilities are not available. Visitors should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving.

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Bed(s)
  • Birding
  • Bunkbed(s)
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Propane Heat
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Trails
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Wood Stove
Know Before You Go
  • This facility is located in an extremely remote and wild area; before making a reservation, become aware of bear, water, and weather safety (including cold)
  • Recreating in Alaska can present both obvious and hidden dangers; please be aware of your surroundings and be prepared for extended stays due to occasionally poor weather
  • Water is not available at the cabin; guests must bring their own water supply or treat water from natural sources
  • Please pack out all trash and food
  • Cabin is open to public as a warming shelter from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Use of this cabin by a commercial operator, such as an outfitter or guide, is not allowed
  • Click here for more information about Tongass National Forest
  • Don't Move Firewood: Prevent the spread of tree-killing pests by purchasing firewood near your destination and burning it on-site. For more information visit dontmovefirewood.org.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
58.26361, -134.45778
58°15'49"N, 134°27'28"W

Located 3.5 miles southwest of Juneau on Douglas Island. Access is by a 3-mile trail on Pioneer Street off Cordova Street in West Juneau.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Juneau Ranger District, 8510 Mendenhall Loop Road
JUNEAU  AK  99801

Phone Number:

Project Office: (907)586-8800
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