A Silverbow Favorite – the Dan Moller hiking trail

Another Juneau secret spot

It’s hard to pick a favorite of Juneau’s 275 miles of hiking trails but one of our favorites at the Silverbow is the Dan Moller Trail. The greatest thing about the Dan Moller trail is its proximity to downtown Juneau. It’s just across the bridge on Douglas Island – about a 2-mile drive from the Silverbow Inn. You can even catch a bus to the trailhead, it’s that accessible.

It's a casual climb p the valley.
It’s a casual climb up the valley.

It’s a pretty casual 1,800 feet in elevation. I say casual because most hiking in Alaska is all about the uphill but the Dan Moller is so gradual you really don’t feel it. It’s a great day hike through a valley between two mountains but we decided to make a weekend of it and were lucky enough to have the Forest Service Cabin reserved for the night.

Once Ken and I got settled in, we had to soak in the view of the valley. I can safely say it’s one of the best views to have while cooking dinner! We made a Taku smoked salmon pesto sauce over fettuccini – and thanks to the hikers before us that left the few Rainer beers in the cabinet, a little fizz, too.

Here's Ken cooking the salmon.
Here’s Ken cooking the salmon.

 

The view from the FS cabin.
The view from the FS cabin.
Thanks to the previous cabin occupants for the FIZZ!
Thanks to the previous cabin occupants for the FIZZ!

We saw many day hikers on the trail walking dogs and moving faster than us with big back packs. They were probably sprinting down the mountain to head to the Island Pub for some great pizza and beer after a nice workout. Instead, Ken and I spent a lovely weekend in the woods, enjoying some nature and quiet.

The sunset was spectacular!
The sunset was spectacular!

You can always find a good Juneau insider tip like the Dan Moller Trail at the Silverbow. The staff at Silverbow Inn know all the good trails and a bunch of other tidbits too, so the next time you stay, be sure and ask us!!