Last weekend we hiked to the John Muir Cabin. It was spring break for the schools, which meant no seminary so Friday night after work we hit the trail.
The Auke Nu Trail is 3.5 miles one way and gains 1550 feet in elevation. Add to that wet, slippery planks through muskegs, icy tree roots in the forest and 2 feet of snow at the summit and you have our hike.
The wind picked up and howled, visibility became bad with fog and blowing snow; we were grateful to reach the cabin and its propane heater. We enjoyed jiffy-pop and reading through the evening. Someone was even kind enough to leave behind a book that I'd wanted to buy; I left my copy of Angels and Demons and picked up a book from Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell series. And of course, I wrote in the cabin log.
In the morning the wind blew some of the clouds away and we were treated to (partial) views of Mt. McGinnis, Thunder Mtn., Auke Bay, and the Chilkat Mountains.