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Location and Access

Dan Moller Cabin Campground is located in the Tongass National Forest on Douglas Island in Southeast Alaska. Specifically, the cabin is near Juneau, the state's capital. Access to the cabin is typically via the Dan Moller Trail, which is 3.3 miles long and starts from the trailhead off Pioneer Avenue in West Juneau. The trail is steep and can be challenging, with an elevation gain of around 1,500 feet. It is important to plan your trip according to your group's ability and fitness levels.

Cabin Features

The cabin itself is a historical public-use cabin which was originally built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It accommodates up to 8 people and includes amenities such as wooden bunks, a table, benches, a wood stove for heating, and an outdoor toilet. The cabin does not have running water or electricity, so visitors must bring their own water and lighting.

Reservations and Fees

It is crucial to reserve the Dan Moller Cabin well in advance, especially during peak seasons. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS) online or by phone. The nightly fee for the cabin varies, so it is recommended to check the current rate when booking.

What to Bring

Visitors must be self-sufficient when staying at the cabin. Here is a non-exhaustive list of items to bring:

  • Drinking water or a means to treat water
  • Sleeping bags and pads
  • Food and cooking utensils
  • A portable stove or means to heat food
  • Matches and fire starters for the wood stove
  • Flashlights or lanterns
  • First aid kit
  • Maps and compass or GPS
  • Warm clothing and rain gear, even during the summer

Wildlife and Safety

The Tongass National Forest is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including bears. Proper food storage and handling are mandatory to reduce the risk of attracting bears and other wildlife to your campsite. Additionally, it is advisable to carry bear spray and know how to use it.

Leave No Trace

Respect the natural environment by following "Leave No Trace" principles. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter. Make sure to leave the cabin and the surrounding area as good as, or better than, you found it to help protect this wild and scenic area for future guests.

Area Activities

Visitors to the Dan Moller Cabin can enjoy various outdoor activities such as hiking, backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, wildlife viewing, and photography. The surrounding alpine meadows offer beautiful views, especially during the summer when wildflowers are in bloom.

Weather Conditions

The weather in Southeast Alaska can be unpredictable and change rapidly. Rain is frequent, and heavy snow can occur during winter. Always check the local weather forecast before departure and prepare accordingly.

Emergency Preparedness

Due to the remote nature of the cabin, it is important to have a plan for emergencies. Cell phone coverage may be unreliable, so consider bringing a satellite phone or another form of emergency communication. Inform someone of your travel plans and expected return time.

For the most accurate and current information, always refer to the US Forest Service website or contact local ranger stations before planning your trip.

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