Volunteers finish cabin in Ketchikan

Posted: Monday, August 24, 2009

KETCHIKAN - Hikers outside Ketchikan have a new shelter in place thanks to volunteers and the U.S. Forest Service.

A yellow cedar A-frame cabin that sleeps eight has been constructed on Deer Mountain.

The mountain has had shelters in place since the 1930s.

The new building replaces a 1962-vintage plywood A-frame that was deemed unsafe in 2004.

The new structure has an oil stove, table, benches and cedar cooking counter plus a front deck and a few windows.

A grant paid for engineering work and helicopter transport of materials to the site in a saddle of the mountain northeast of Deer Mountain's peak.

Volunteers provided almost 1,000 hours of labor.

The Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad endorsed the project for hiker safety.

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