JUNEAU - The Dan Moller Cabin on Douglas Island is closed in preparation for its replacement that begins later this month, the U.S. Forest Service announced Friday.
The cabin is no longer available for rent or use as a warming shelter until reconstruction is done. The outhouse is also unavailable for use. Work may begin to remove the old structure as early as Monday.
The Forest Service is asking the public to avoid the construction zone until the project is complete.
Built in 1936 with local logs by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the 16-foot-by-18-foot cabin is one of Juneau's best-loved and most-used backcountry shelters, and has been for decades. But the logs have rotted to the point the cabin needs to be rebuilt.
The site is located about three miles up the Dan Moller Trail. The new cabin will be built on the same footprint but will be more spacious because of a higher roof, extended front porch and eaves and a set of stairs to replace a ladder. The new structure will be ADA-accessible.
It will sleep 12 people in bunks and more in an upper loft.