thug the bunny, on 08 November 2017 - 07:14 PM, said:
MiWuk just triggered my memory! Now it's all flooding back to me (accompanied by Bing maps). I used to pass through MiWuk on my way to Stanislaus National Forest and the high Sierras. Sometimes I would camp down along the S fork Stanislaus river at Frazier Flats. BIG trout in that river. The road going down there was a real kidney bruiser. I remember Pinecrest Lake was a kind of haven of humanity in all that wide open wilderness, all of a sudden there's RVs the cabins everywhere. Sometimes I would keep going up through Strawberry towards the pass and just choose a dirt road to turn off. I had a huge coffee table size trail map I got at the ranger station, without which I would probably still be lost up there.
Man I loved those mountains. Gonna see if I can dig up some pics..
If it was the ranger station in Mi Wuk you could see my grandparents cabin from there. Is the red one right just past the Christmas tree inn right off Sierra Park, next to the library. Been there since around 1920 or so. 2 owners well now technically 3(uncles own it now) Original owner was a rancher who originally built it and used it as a halfway house for running his cattle up to the high country in the summer.
We primarily went in winter for skiing, which going back to what I mentioned earlier about taking things for granted, would have been a great spot to go in summer and camp, hike, fish, 4 wheel etc just never took advantage of it.
Sadly the drought brought in a massive bark beetle infestation and has killed off a lot of the pines. The city/county has gone through and cut a bunch down that were in reach of utility lines. Driving up in winter it was kinda sad to see massive patches of dead trees along 108
Edited by One_Putt_Blunder, 09 November 2017 - 02:39 PM.
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