Re: Cabin at Last Chance Spring

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Posted by motownbill on August 26, 2003 at 11:45:31:

In Reply to: Cabin at Last Chance Spring posted by Bummed out on August 25, 2003 at 18:24:00:

Sorry to hear this. I had been visiting George’s Cabin for nearly 10 years, often in October or January upon leaving Death Valley on the graded Big Pine Road. George & Family was never evident, but a cadre of wellwishers kept the cabin in general repair, swept for mice control, leaving water, wood and some supplies for hikers low on their larders.

George’s Cabin was a well-kept secret, being 3.2 miles from Crankcase Junction and situated at 5100 ft elevation. I used to remove solid trash and truck it out, and was meaning to cart another kitchen chair or table up there. Visitors kept a log of writings, tho it disappeared once, and one could read his or her previous entries from several years back. There never seemed to be any outlaw-disrespect visitations or beer can litter that I saw…

The Cabin originally sat in BLM territory, until the Desert Act in the’90s brought it into the National Park. Rangers then made their presence known -- boundary fencing was added and “Wilderness” signs posted at some turnouts. I suspected the NPS tolerated the cabin as grandfathered, and I had hoped that visitors’ respect would prolong its existence. Alas.

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