The U.S. Forest Service maintains two, overnight cabins along the White Pass train route - a refurbished train caboose located beside the train tracks at Denver and another at Laughton Glacier, another 4.5 miles up the trail (or 1.5 miles from a train stop). Both can be reached by whistle-stop train service, although the Denver caboose can be accessed by a cabin starting at the Slide Cemetery. In addition, the municipality of Skagway maintains a rental cabin at the summit of the Dewey Lakes Trail.
Public Use Cabins
You can’t get much closer to a railroading experience than sleeping in a caboose. Refurbished as a public use cabin in the 1960’s, this classic trail car mothballed by the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad offers rustic amenities with views of Skagway River’s East Fork and Sawtooth Mountains.
At a spectacular spot two miles from the Canadian border, this public use cabin sleeps six and overlooks the main branch of the Skagway River. The trail there leads to Laughton Creek and Laughton Glacier. Moose, brown bears, and wildflowers can be found in this subalpine forest.
Sited at the end of a hiking trail at 3,100 feet elevation, this six-person A‑frame cabin is open to the adventurous year-round, offering views of this alpine lake and the surrounding mountain ridges. A strenuous, 2.5‑mile trail leads to a spectacular overlook and to Devil’s Punchbowl, a tarn nested in a deep, rocky bowl.