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“1966 (5/29) was my 1st trip, too. I don't think a cabin was at outlet until early 70's; I'll check my slide index and find the year I took a photo; that should give the year. A few excerpts from my 1966 trip report: “lake free of ice; snow almost all gone; trail last 1/2 mile wet & sloppy. Turnoff hard to find. Fishing terrible; nobody catching anything; lot of traffic good lake for rubber boat fishing; few campsites. I have several trip reports for later years (I went to Isabel over Memorial week end for quite a few years to “measure” when lakes in Stevens Pass area would be opening; don't think I ever caught a fish over Memorial week end). Several years, I also spent 2-3 days at lake later in year. Some years, Brook Trout fishing was very good. If you are interested in details, Salish, e mail me off-line and I'll e mail you some details.”
“By the way, Mr. Super Administrator, I ain't no junior member no more 🙁 I'm “long in the tooth” and archaic in the joints!! – mossback.”
“That cabin has been gone for years. A person would not know a cabin had ever been there unless he/she had seen it while it existed. Miners built it. ^^^^When Brian told me someone had posted query about cabins, I thought he was referring to the cabin that was at the outlet for several years. This also was a miners' cabin. It started pretty nice, but suffered from vandalism. I regularly visited Lake Isabel over Memorial Day week end to get a “read” on how access to lakes in the area would be during the coming summer. Took a 35mm photo or two of the cabin when it was nice, when it had a lot of crud, and when it had been burned down. Unfortunately, I do not have any JPEGS. ^^^^Several abandoned mine holes are along the west side of the lake (but hellishly hard to get to because of brush). Two/three also can be seen on the way up the old-old “surrey road” to lake. Don't know whether the restaurant in Index still has them, but it used to have a picture showing the road, and a picture showing the “hotel” at lower right corner of the lake. “lake Isabel mansion” evidently was a popular spot with the “well off” in late 1800's. ^^^^A slide apparently wiped it out, and every bit of evidence that one ever existed. I tried to find the outhouse, so I could look for abandoned stuff, but can't even find ANY evidence one existed. If you have been observant on your way to lake, you have seen evidence of several bridges, and wood support spots, on way in.^^^^If you would like to see remains of a cabin, go by boat up lake until you reach large inlet (about 3/4 up the lake). Go up right side (maybe 200 feet altitude gain) until you can see a sort of plateau to your right. Go maybe the length of a football field or two, and you should see the collapsed remains of a cabin. It had to have been a beautiful, remote area for a cabin. ^^^^Anyway, interesting history to Lake Isabel.”
Beautiful shots, Backpacker Joe. Doesn’t look like much in the way of groceries can be available in those lakes for big-fish growth. Scenery is worth the trip, though.
Yes, Bob, you’re right, that is Steve Clements. The guy with the big pack is the late Gene Rose. – mossback
there comes a time, mentor!!
“Ah Hah, Backpacker Joe. The Administrator's mentor just told me how to get the picture in this “box.” If he's right–and I've never known him to be wrong, here it is:”
Backpacker Joe – If I succeed, attached will be a shot of My Lake Cabin, almost from same spot you took your shot of the collapsed cabin. Here goes:
Well, apparently it didn’t go. Contact me offline and I’ll send it to you as attachment. – Oldtimer
“I added meeting time when I reviewed what I had written, but it didn't wind up in posting. Is 7:30-10:00 p.m.”
“You don't have to be a Trail Blazer. The Winter Social is combination Trail Blazer/Hi Laker gathering. HLs don't require regular attendance like TBs do; annual dues is $10 a year. A number of TBers (including Brian and me) started as HLers, and still are members. Club meets 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7:30-10:00 PM at new location now: Fircrest campus of the Department of Health, building William Giedt Public Health Lab. Entrance is off of NE 150th at 17th Ave NE. If you want more details, lemeno offline. – mossback”
“Come to some meetings so you get familiar with what goes on (Lake City Community Club, 1st Thursday of each month, starts about 7:30), and come to the Trail Blazer Winter Social (usually early March). At the Social you will be able to look at the dozens of McPilchuck pictures on his display boards. If what the club does turns you on, you will be welcome to join–if you do certain things that offer evidence you are interested in joining. – Mossback”
A trail went through the Commonwealth Basin to Goldmeyer (don't know whether it still does). The Trail Blazers went from MidFord past Goldmeyer. The drive to the Goldmeyer turnoff was easy in those days. It was/is a lot shorter than the Snoqualmie Pass/Commonwealth route.
“OK you guys, quit making me feel so damned old!! I sure don't remember the–uh, what I remember as a shelter at Lower Tuscohatchee as having 4 sides. My photographic memory (came in VERY handy when taking tests) shows it like the ones at Nordrum, Crow Creek, Glacier, and Necklace Valley. – uselessback”
Well, Backpacker Joe, you’ve generated quite a thread. Tis obvious Bob Pfeifer and I are very nostalgic about (the late) My Lake cabin.
I have prepared a document with excerpts of a Trail Blazer stocking report recapping the first time My Lake was stocked (1949), and a trip I was on in 1983, when goal was to repair cabin roof and stock a nearby lake. (You will note in one of Bob’s photos what looks like a piece of plastic tarp on roof.) Scheisskopfs ruin cabins and lean-tos by using pieces of its structure for firewood. (BTW, I don’t know whether you were using loose language, or whether you didn’t know that what was at My Lake was a cabin, and what was at Lower Tuscohatchie was a lean-to.)
I have a friend (fellow Trail Blazer) who is scanning my 800-plus slides I have taken during my trips to mountain lakes. I just finished preparing another 100 or so this morning. Among those are a couple shots of the My Lake cabin I took in 1983.
If you will send me off line (email@example.com) your e mail address, I’ll attach the document. When I have the results of the scans, I’ll send you my scan/s of the cabin. – mossback
“Gads. is that a shot of the cabin at My Lake? I just returned from 3-day trip. After I've caught up on things (3-4 days), I'll put a story about My Lake cabin, and a picture (if I can learn how to put one on this “thing”). – Mossback”