Juneau’s pre-gold cultural hub
The hill to the east of Auke Lake—named “Hill 560” by my mentor Dan Bishop—is underlain by limey slate and phyllite, Juneau’s most productive parent material for large-tree forest. The steep northwest-facing slopes of this hill are also protected from gales that in most other locations knock down conifers presumptive enough to stick their crowns too high in the air. Here’s a quadcopter view of what used to be one of Juneau’s tallest Sitka spruce:
Unfortunately, in 2015, the top of this magnificent spruce was removed, apparently because it constituted a hazard to the trail.
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