Doublehead Cabin

Exterior image of Doublehead cabin

The Doublehead Cabin was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). This log cabin sits atop the summit of North Doublehead Mountain with beautiful views of Mount Washington, the Presidential Range, and on into Maine on a clear day. The cabin is accessed by the Doublehead Ski Trail, a 1.8 mile trail with steep grades used by skiers and hikers..

Cabin Amenities

The cabin is very rustic with minimal amenities; there are eight wooden bunks in four partitioned “rooms”, two small tables, benches, and a wood stove. An outhouse is located a short distance away.

At a Glance

Reservations: Reservations can be made at
Fees: Cabin rental fee $40.00 per night plus $9.00 NRRS reservation fee.
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Saco District Ranger Station

General Information


Doublehead Ski Trail is accessed off of Dundee Road in Jackson. From Route 16, turn into Jackson village (Route 16A). Follow the loop through town until you reach Route 16B/Black Mountain Road. Turn onto Black Mountain
Road and follow for about 2 miles. Just past Black Mountain Ski Area Black Mountain Road veers to the left and Dundee Road continues straight ahead. Continue straight ahead on Dundee Road for another 0.5 miles to the Doublehead Ski Trail/Old Path Trailhead on the left. Parking is available for about 6 vehicles (3 or 4 in winter). The trail begins on private land so please be respectful of this.

If taking the New Path, the trailhead is located a half mile south of the Ski Trail/Old Path Trailhead on Dundee Rd. This trail takes you to the cabin via South Doublehead Mountain at 1.8 miles and is very steep. Please park off the road.

General Notes:

What Should I Bring?

Anything you would bring on a camping trip except the tent. You will need sleeping bag, sleeping pad, matches, food, cooking utensils, trash bags, toilet paper, a backpacking stove for cooking, firewood and/or a cutting tool for dead and down wood. Only dead and down wood may be cut for firewood; resources are limited so it is advisable to bring your own firewood (please see note below). You will also need to bring water. If you do use water from a natural source, we recommend boiling or otherwise treating it before use.

House Keeping

  • Please carry out all trash and excess food
  • Please sweep the floor before you leave with the broom provided
  • Please close and lock both doors, and windows when leaving

Firewood Note 

Our forests are threatened by non-native insects that can kill large numbers of trees. Three recently introduced insects are wood-infesting species that can be transported long distances in firewood. Once transported into new areas, these insects can become established and kill local trees. For this reason, firewood from outside the State of NH is prohibited. Please use firewood from local sources.

Winter Considerations

The cabin is not insulated and can be drafty and cold during the winter months. Be prepared for cold temperatures in the cabin, even when the wood stove is in use. It is recommended to bring dry, seasoned fire wood for the wood stove.


Pets are allowed on the trails and at the cabin with the exception of the East Pasture Trail in winter. Please leash your pets on private land and ensure they are leashed or under voice control for the remainder of your trip

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Cabin Rentals

The Doublehead Cabin is very rustic with minimal amenities; there are eight wooden bunks in four partitioned “rooms”, two small tables, benches, and a wood stove. An outhouse is located a short distance away. Campers at this log cabin are rewarded with beautiful views of Mount Washington and the Presidential Range.

Day Hiking

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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