In our 2005 backpacking trip, we began and ended our four day loop in spectacular Mineral King Valley in Sequoia National Park. It is an incredible setting surrounded by 12,000 ft mountains. The infamous Mineral King road plops you right into the thick of it.
We finished out our trail on the road at Atwell Mill with our car a few miles away at the Sawtooth trailhead. Luckily a friendly driver in a pickup truck came along and offered to haul us down the road a bit and that was music to our ears. It turned out he and a friend were heading to his cabin, one of the private cabins I briefly read about before the trip, and he even offered us beer. It was another offer we certainly couldn’t turn down. We followed them to the cabin and hung out on the small deck for a while before we left to make the long drive back to LA.
I have to admit, when I first learned there were private cabins in the middle of a National Park, and which had always been federal land, I thought it was a bit strange. Continue reading