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Description

You can’t get much closer to a railroading experience than sleeping in a caboose. Refurbished as a cabin in the 1960’s, this classic trail car mothballed by the White Pass and Yukon Route railroad offers rustic amenities - an oil stove, outhouse and bare bunks - with views of Skagway River’s East Fork and Sawtooth Mountains.

Facilities

4 single bunks, 1 double bunk (total capacity is 6 people), Tables and benches, Oil stove and tank, Cooking counter, Food cupboard and shelves, Cooler, Log book, Broom and dustpan, Outhouse, Rake, Shovel, Bucket, Emergency signal.

Capacity

6

Area

Skagway River

Location

Approximately 5.5 miles north of Skagway, along the East Fork of the Skagway River.

Access

Access is via the White Pass and Yukon Railroad during the summer season. Make reservations at least 24 hours in advance for train transportation. Rate information and reservations are available by calling the railroad at 800-343-7373. In the off season, cabin users may hike to the site from Skagway along the railroad tracks. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiles are other options for access during the winter when the railroad is closed.

Terrain

The nearby terrain is rugged and brushy, but the trail and the tracks offer plenty of hiking opportunities.

Special Features

Excellent views of the river and the Sawtooth Mountains. Mountain goats can frequently be seen with binoculars. A 4.5-mile trail to Denver Glacier starts at the cabin site.

Season Of Use

May-Sep

Managing Agency

Tongass National Forest

What To Bring

Bring your own sleeping bags, sleeping pads, cooking stove, lantern, pots, pans, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, fire extinguisher and fire starter. The cabin is heated by an oil stove, and cabin users requiring heat will be responsible for providing their own fuel. The type of fuel necessary is Number 1 stove oil. Fuel consumption is approximately 1 gallon per day with the stove on low setting (sufficient for 8 hours of heating with an outside temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit).

Rowboat

No

Stove

Oil (#1 stove oil)

More Info

Water is available from a nearby stream. Treat all water before using. Black bears frequent the area. Keep the camp clean.

USGS Topo Map

Skagway C-1

Getting There

Coordinates
Latitude: 59.502312
Longitude: -135.226764

Follow the East Fork uphill about 2.5 miles to reach the Denver Glacier. The caboose sits near an active train line that includes stops here.

Photos

Denver Caboose Cabin