Explore the most popular Cross Country Skiing trails in Tongass National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice flat trail with several access points. Follows a pipeline from Connell Lake dam down to Ward Cove. At one point you have to walk along the road for a couple hundred feet to connect the sections of trail. Beware, there are a few spots where the pipeline is leaking and forms puddles on the trail. It's an easy walk (but long), and an easy bike ride (but a bit bumpy/rocky).

hiking
4 months ago

Nice easy wide road to walk on. Took me about an hour total. Would be a neat spot to picnic! You can't see much of Whitman Lake because of the dam, but you can see part of Deer Mtn ridge above the lake. Might be a good trail for a quick bike ride (if you want to push your bike up the steep hills.)

Nice wide trail. I did it this last spring for the first time, so this was my second time walking it. I had forgotten how nice and gravelly it is (very little mud!!) Neat view of Brown/Diana & Ward/Juno mountains. Could not find the educational/interpretive signage for Site 1 though... wonder what happened to it.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful views bring sandals your feel will get wet. There is no "your done here" clear end. You will hit medow, forest, medow, forest and eventually end up in a beautiful medow on the top. You lose the trail in the medow but can follow the pink and orange flags in tree branches then finally lose them . it's breathtaking at the top(if its clear) and worth the wet muddy feet.

Beautiful trail with plenty of great views for photos. Trail is mostly all 2x4 boards that are put together to create steps. Make sure you are ready for tons of stairs. Going done is rough due to the boards but the cabin and view from the top is worth it. Went during dry spell and 74 degrees outside but could tell that the trail would be slippery if it wasn’t for the boards. Reached cabin in 1hr 15mins which was perfect.

trail running
9 months ago

Needed a little climb to prepare for Mount Roberts so this was close and easy to access. Pleasantly surprised that there were boardwalks over a lot of the boggy area. Didn't find the "top" of trail but enjoyed the sights in between. Even saw a yearling? black bear!

Very nice trail, with many views of the lake, birds, squirrels, even large slugs! The huge trees are awesome! My brother showed us where to view spawning salmon during the month of August.

I would not recommend the trail unless you plan to use the cabin. It's not terribly interesting compared to many others in the area.

hiking
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Great trail for a nice walk. Been here a few times and keep going back.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

beautiful trail.... best in August

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Up the whole way, I went with still a foot or two of snow on the ground. Kind of more tiring then it had to be, to cabin is awesome and I really enjoyed my experience. Didn't see any wildlife.

Stroller friendly, a really nice walk!

hiking
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The new cabin is beautiful!! Great trail, mostly board walk. Meadows and muskeg and a view at the end.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

About halfway up the maintenance ends on the trail and the eternal bog starts! Just when you think you are out... You sink back in! Steady incline all the way to the summit. Be prepared for a lot of mud, watch your footing as some spots can get very slick. Because of this I suggest that you should be more than a novice hiker or Sunday stroller. The view at the summit is very rewarding. Once in the meadows be on the lookout for trail markers in the forms of ribbons! The trail will disappear and you will stray even if there is a trail!

bird watching
Friday, July 11, 2014

A super pleasant walk around the lake offers views of bird life in abundance !
Stroller friendly if you want to bring your baby out for the day.
Ward creek follows the creek and is right across the street . The both are great .

walking
Friday, July 04, 2014

This is a good out and back trail with steady incline on the way out. We walked about 1.5 miles out and got a nice view of Auke Bay before we turned back. The trail is well maintained and the small rivers along the way offer nice nature sounds and little breaks from the intense green of SE Alaska.

on Dan Moller Cabin Trail

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2012

Was super pleased with the new cabin! It's a great area and I was lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful weather.

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2012

nice trail, through marsh nice and even then steeper the last 1.5 miles.

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