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Deer Mountain Shelter

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Tongass National Forest

This is 16' X 16' A-frame shelter that was reconstructed in 2008-09. The shelter offers great views of the surrounding mountains and alpine as well as opportunities for wildlife viewing. FACILITIES: • 2 double bunks for 4 people • Sleeping loft for 4 people • Oil Stove (#1 Diesel fuel NOT provided) • Table and benches • Cooking Counter

Non-reservable; First Come, First Serve

Elevation: 2900

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Rachel H.
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2016

Secluded spot near the summit

The hike to get up to the Deer Mountain shelter is relatively difficult. It's only around 3 miles hiking, but the hike is continuously uphill. Views are stunning once reaching the top. The shelter is cozy, enough space for 2 people with a tiny sitting area and built in table on the lower level and a small loft for sleeping as well. A few yards away from the shelter, there's a pretty basic outdoor toilet, but it was nice to have that as an option! Not every day that you get to answer nature's call on a mountaintop loo nestled between several small ponds.

The only downfall is that the small stove inside of the shelter was busted when I stayed there (in July), and I'm not sure when it will be fixed up again. The shelter is also first come first serve, so it could be an issue if someone's already claimed it for the day. Though there are plenty of open, flat areas nearby that could easily be camped on as well.

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Deer Mountain Shelter is located in Alaska

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The cabin is above the timber line at 2900 feet elev. It is accessible by hiking 2.5 miles up the Deer Mountain National Recreation Trail from the trail head parking area, or approximately 4 miles from downtown Ketchikan. Refer To: USGS Ketchikan B5


55.349417 N
131.604694 W

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