If you follow Forest Road 512 all the way to the very end you will come to the North Platte River and then turn briefly up Douglas Creek. The Douglas Creek Trail starts at the end of this road and not even a mile into the trail you will find this old crumbling log cabin.
My completely amateur guess from looking at this cabin is that its a tie hack cabin. Plenty of ties were cut and floated down Douglas Creek in the late 1800s and early 1900s. However this area also saw a great many men searching for gold who would work their way up the creeks panning along the way. So just because I didn’t find any tailings or a hole in the ground doesn’t mean I’m right. To see a few pictures of this cabin visit our flickr album.
This is a great place to come and see for yourself. It’s easy to get to, even if it might take a while. Head southwest from Laramie on Wyoming Highway 230. Then turn toward Fox Park on Forest Road 512 and follow it all the way to the end (about 30 miles). And if you get bored staring at an old cabin you can always hike the Platte River Wilderness Trails and fish the Platte River or Douglass Creek.
Remember though to take only pictures and leave only footprints because we can’t share it when it’s gone. You can find more of our interesting places through the links below.
If you are looking for a guide to get you to the Cabin on Douglas Creek
- You can view, download, and print a PDF version of our free trail guide.
- You can put the same map on your Android or iPhone using the PDF Maps app from Avenza.