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Skyline Drive is closed, so we must hike to the cabin from the bottom of the mountain. Nicholas prepares to depart.

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Our parking area also serves those who hike the Little Devils Stairs Trail

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Ready to assault the mountain. The time is 3:00pm EST and the temperature is about 28°F.

Area-map

The yellow dashed line shows our route to (and from) the cabin. The hike in took just under 4 hours.

Topo-profile

This elevation profile shows a route distance of 6.2 miles with total elevation gains of over 2,000 feet (net ~1,700 feet)

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About a mile from the parking area, Steve, Nicholas and Maggie inspect the Bolen family cemetery

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Reaching the snow line late in the day (~2,500 feet elevation)

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Steve and Nicholas pause on the Pole Bridge Link Trail. A full moon rises behind them.

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Jon and friends cross the Piney River in the dark

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After arriving at the cabin about 7:00pm, we quickly noriced a visitor

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Nicholas adjusts his headlamp to get a better look at Mickey

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The long cold hike has done in the dogs

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Saturday morning as Steve and Nicholas prepare to depart

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Steve and Nicholas take to the trail at 1:15pm. It takes them only 2 hours, 45 minutes to reach the parking area.

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The four of us are left behind to enjoy a second night at the cabin

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Inspecting the Riteway wood burning stove

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Cabin interior (left side)

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Cabin interior (right side)

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A robust spring serves as the cabin's water supply

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The spring is situated less than 100 yards from the cabin

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Spirit and Maggie guard the cabin late Saturday afternoon

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Our visitor expired sometime on Saturday from causes unknown. Jon transports Mickey using the cabin's vintage mouse gloves.

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Replenishing the wood supply. The temperature Friday night dipped to 13°F, which lead to a lot of fuel usage.

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Jim completes the task

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Saturday night. A boy and his dog.

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Spirit buries herself in a blanket at the foot of the sleeping bag

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Sunday morning after breakfast and camp chores. Spirit and maggie are ready to hike.

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Buttoning up the cabin

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Jim prepares to depart

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On the trail at 11:45am

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Crossing the Piney River is much easier during the day

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A Piney River feeder creek

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Taking a break at the Fourway intersection

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Preparing peanut butter and jelly bagels

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On the home stretch of Kaiser Run Road

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End-of-trail photo 3:15pm

The End