John Muir Cabin

John Muir Cabin

This 15’ x 12’ chalet-style log cabin has two double bunks on the first floor and two bunks that can sleep six on the second floor. Other amenities include a table with benches, wood stove, broom and dustpan, snow shovel, propane furnace and a ramp and hardened trail to the vault toilet. Propane is provided. Water, firewood and electricity are not provided. Water is available from a nearby stream, but guests should be sure to treat water before drinking or cooking with it (water safety tips). It is recommended that guests bring their own water supply. Cooking facilities are not available. Visitors should pack sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a cooking stove, lanterns or flashlights, cookware, plates, utensils, food, toilet paper, garbage bags, a fire extinguisher and fire starter. Visitors are expected to pack out trash and clean the cabin before leaving. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: This cabin is open to public use daily from 10am to 5pm
Reservations: A non-refundable service fee will be added to each reservation by
Fees: $75/night peak season May 1 – September 30
$75/night non-peak season October 1 – April 30
Refunds are not made if inclement weather conditions or other acts of nature beyond the Forest Service control cause the permittee to not use the shelter at the designated time.
Open Season: 01/01
Usage: Heavy
Closest Towns: Juneau, AK
Water: No
Restroom: vault toilet
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The cabin is 13 miles northwest of Juneau near Auke Bay. The trailhead is at 12.3 mile Glacier Highway. Access cabin by hiking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing over the 3-mile, partially planked Auke Nu Trail through muskeg, with 1500-foot elevation gain.

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Cabin Rentals

This site provides cabin camping in a high elevation meadow. In the winter, the open meadows offer excellent skiing opportunities.

Reservation Info This site can be reserved by calling Toll Free 1-877-444-6777 (International 518-885-3639 or TDD 877-833-6777) or on-line at

Day Hiking

The Auk Nu Trail is 2.6 miles long. It begins at Spaulding Trail Mi. .8 and ends at John Muir Recreation Cabin. It passes through several muskegs and makes for good skiing in the winter. The trail is open for the following uses: Hiking, XC Skiing/Snowshoeing. There is an undeveloped trail utilized in the winter, which is marked, to Peterson Lake Cabin.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Viewing Scenery

Near the cabin the view is open enough to see south toward Juneau and north toward Lynn Canal.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This trail to this cabin is steep in some areas. Many people hike up carrying their skis and then ski at the top of the meadows. Hiking skins attached to skis can aid the uphill skiing. Skiing is excellent from the cabin. Back country skis are recommended. The skis should provide some control in minor downhill conditions and floatation in powder snow.
Warming Shelters John Muir Cabin
Difficulty Level: Difficult

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