Skyline Drive is closed, so we must hike to the cabin from the bottom of the mountain. Nicholas prepares to depart.
Our parking area also serves those who hike the Little Devils Stairs Trail
Ready to assault the mountain. The time is 3:00pm EST and the temperature is about 28°F.
The yellow dashed line shows our route to (and from) the cabin. The hike in took just under 4 hours.
This elevation profile shows a route distance of 6.2 miles with total elevation gains of over 2,000 feet (net ~1,700 feet)
About a mile from the parking area, Steve, Nicholas and Maggie inspect the Bolen family cemetery
Reaching the snow line late in the day (~2,500 feet elevation)
Steve and Nicholas pause on the Pole Bridge Link Trail. A full moon rises behind them.
Jon and friends cross the Piney River in the dark
After arriving at the cabin about 7:00pm, we quickly noriced a visitor
Nicholas adjusts his headlamp to get a better look at Mickey
The long cold hike has done in the dogs
Saturday morning as Steve and Nicholas prepare to depart
Steve and Nicholas take to the trail at 1:15pm. It takes them only 2 hours, 45 minutes to reach the parking area.
The four of us are left behind to enjoy a second night at the cabin
Inspecting the Riteway wood burning stove
Cabin interior (left side)
Cabin interior (right side)
A robust spring serves as the cabin's water supply
The spring is situated less than 100 yards from the cabin
Spirit and Maggie guard the cabin late Saturday afternoon
Our visitor expired sometime on Saturday from causes unknown. Jon transports Mickey using the cabin's vintage mouse gloves.
Replenishing the wood supply. The temperature Friday night dipped to 13°F, which lead to a lot of fuel usage.
Jim completes the task
Saturday night. A boy and his dog.
Spirit buries herself in a blanket at the foot of the sleeping bag
Sunday morning after breakfast and camp chores. Spirit and maggie are ready to hike.
Buttoning up the cabin
Jim prepares to depart
On the trail at 11:45am
Crossing the Piney River is much easier during the day
A Piney River feeder creek
Taking a break at the Fourway intersection
Preparing peanut butter and jelly bagels
On the home stretch of Kaiser Run Road
End-of-trail photo 3:15pm