Warm Creek bivouac
Departing the train and commencing the hike; the guides maintain a supply depot with rain shelter, hiking gear including crampons for ice hiking, rain ponchos, etc. A well-maintained trail goes gradually uphill through the forest along Warm Creek, with at least one creek access point. Our guide, Skagway Whitey, frequently oriented us to the surroundings and to safety considerations, identifying local flora, edible and medicinal herbs, and points of historical interest, while carrying a 70-pound pack containing lunch and safety gear. There are lots of tasty berries in late summer to fall, and you may see critters; we saw mountain goats away up on the slope.