South Young Lake is close to Juneau and is a good choice if the weather is bad. It is easy to get into and out of as long as you line up on my red square entry points. Coming in from the south lining up on the right valley in low visibility can be difficult. You can walk on a good trail to the north cabin. Past the north cabin is a great trail along the stream which is the outflow of the lake. Young Lake has an early salmon run compared to other lakes with the north end of the lake is the best place to take advantage of it. The South Cabin has the best afternoon sun and the North cabin has the best fishing.
You are in Brown Bear country. Bears frequent the area and trail particularly during salmon runs July through August. The Admiralty Cove-Young Lake trail is a 5½ mile trail that departs from the south cabin and ends at the Admiralty Cove Cabin. (This cabin is on the salt water) It is a relatively flat trail and follows the creek. The round trip hike can be fairly strenuous when conditions are very wet. The lake is on a flight path and has substantial overhead plane traffic.
This cabin was updated in 2010 and looks great.
Link to Forest Service site.http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/tongass/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=78653&actid=101
Link to Recreation.gov to book cabin. http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Young_Lake_South_Cabin_Ak/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=NRSO&parkId=71746&topTabIndex=CampingSpot
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